Peru / Spain / Germany 2009

Regie und Buch/
Director and writer:
Héctor Gálvez
Kamera: Mario Bassino
Chullachaki Cine


Joaquín, Antuanet, Lalo, Mario and Sara live in PARAISO, a shantytown on the outskirts of the capital city of Lima. They are at the age of deciding a future, yet they don’t have many options to chose from. If growing up into youth was ever complicated, living in PARAISO makes things even tougher, seeing how day to day the milieu around them denies their dreams and opportunities.

But they feel they have to do something about it.

They struggle to hang on to any possible illusion: enlisting in the army, finishing high school with the best grades, building a pool where there is not even running water, or just looking at the photo of a disappeared parent. Simple and utopian desires like the one Joaquin wishes to fulfill: to fly like the trapeze artist of the new circus that just got into town.

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