When Tigers Are Not Afraid is not busy scaring you, it’s breaking your heart. Social activism meets horror meets coming-of-age in this bracing, gorgeously shot, intense multiple award-winning film that’s both written and directed by famed and favored Mexican filmmaker Issa Lopez. Since it originally premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2017, it has garnered over 50 awards from film festivals around the world, and now finally seeing its long-awaited releasing in theaters around the US.

A fantasy grounded in gritty reality, Tigers Are Not Afraid is centered on pre-teen Estrella (Paola Lara), who joins a group of homeless orphaned boys after her mother disappears, a victim of the ongoing drug-related violence that’s decimating Mexican cities and towns.

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