Skip to main content
filmposter Chicuarotes

“Let’s leave this shitty town:” Chicuarotes and coming of age in the periphery

Culture and languages
Education and learning

Welcome to a conversation with Mexican screenwriter Augusto Mendoza, the pen behind Chicuarotes (dir. Gael García Bernal, 2019). The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and had its Nordic premiere at this year’s Göteborg Film Festival. It has also been screened in festivals around the world such as Toronto International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and Chicago Film Festival, among others.

24 Nov 2020
17:00 - 19:00
Additional info

Augusto Mendoza from Mexico & Valeria Villegas Lindvall and Juan Velasquez from Gothenburg
Good to know
The seminar will be held on Zoom. For registration, please send an email to Meeting ID and password for the seminar will be sent to those who register on the day of the seminar.
This event is a cooperation between Film Studies and Gender Studies. Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg.

Chicuarotes is the name given to those living in San Gregorio Atlapulco, an impoverished neighborhood to the south of Mexico City. Cagalera and Moloteco are those chicuarotes. Embedded in economic urgency and flirting with crime as a way out of stagnation, the two teenage boys see their coming of age story informed by fun and discovery, but also by violence and urgency in a context that forces them to grow up too fast.

In this dialogue, we will discuss the ways in which screenwriting can provide a place to display the constitution of masculinity in the periphery, the way in a nuanced coming of age narrative can be crafted and the role of humor in portraying seriousness, among other topics.

Due to the current restrictions in place to avoid the spread of the COVID19 virus, we invite you to watch this film beforehand at home, available on Netflix.