Ras is a construction worker, but after work, he sprays graffitis on his neighborhood walls in east Cali, Colombia. When he steals several cans of paint to finish a huge mural, he is fired from his job. Without a dime, he sets off on a journey across the city to find another graffiti artist.
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A sensitive portrait of youth culture in an age of sweeping global transformation. While focused on a small clique of street artists in Cali, Colombia, who are attempting to reconcile the past with their alienated present, the city is just a focal point for Navia's broad panorama of our troubled modernity. I have maintained for some time that this is the most radical generation we've seen in half a century.
man, this was /gorgeous/. i haven't seen something so politically authentic in a long time. navía's clearly fond of youth/youthful revolt/anarchy vis-a-vis idealism and/or street art. los hongos is a /whole/ film: parts fuse harmoniously. we shift organically from jovan's to calvin's story. our resentment for police-as-silencers grows like poison oak in unmaintained forests. we become angry malcontented voices too.