Southern District (Zona Sur) 2009


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Internationally acclaimed Bolivian director Juan Carlos Valdivia introduces his film Zona Sur (Southern District) 2009.

La Paz’s Zona Sur neighbourhood is Bolivia’s most exclusive enclave and has housed the country’s affluent elite for generations. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled offspring and indigenous servants. Social change, however unwelcome, is on its way. As the mother squabbles with her self-indulgent, oversexed teenage son and clashes with her petulant daughter, her 6-year-old boy wanders the rooftops unsupervised. The scent of impending decline permeates the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges quickly changing hands heralds a new era in a seemingly interminable class war. This searing portrait of a patrician family in flux eloquently chronicles their final days during a time of intense social change and cogently exposes the bubble of decadence in which they exist.

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Directed by Juan Carlos Valdivia, Bolivia, 2009. Run time 108mins

Auditorium, lower ground level

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