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A Man, When He Is a Man
El Hombre, Cuando Es El Hombre
A film by Valeria Sarmiento
Chile, 1982, 66 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99221
Set in Costa Rica and touched with dark humor, this stylistically imaginative documentary illuminates the social climate and cultural traditions which nurture machismo and allow the domination of women to flourish in Latin America.

"An amazing work that successfully reveals the genuinely funny elements of male posturing and its potentially serious consequences. It will be appreciated by general audiences as well as teachers interested in stimulating discussion on sex roles." -Malcolm Arth, Margaret Mead Film Festival


  • Rotterdam Film Festival
  • Berlin Film Festival

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    "Sent audiences howling at Sarmiento's wicked deconstruction of the all-too-familiar macho mystique."
    Film Comment

    "Offers the most outrageous psycho-sexual material with sardonic cool...pointedly absurd and unexpectedly poignant."
    J. Hoberman
    Village Voice

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