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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Navia gives a warm but pointed look at life in Cali, Colombia for two urban painter street kids struggling to find their voice while dealing with family issues, police brutality and poverty. "We shall be silent no longer". Though the film meanders at times with little payoff its well worth a look at this emerging filmmaker who previously made 'Crab Trap'.
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.
The film is more like a documentary. I liked the director's approach; he is not dictating ideas; he is rather presenting. The two stories of two characters are seamlessly blended. I also liked the hopeful ending; even though there is a constant police pressure and a money problem, they still talk about what they are going to paint next: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
the mass rebellions which inside the middle east created by council on foreign relations and g soros's organizitions... İt is not related with left movements or rebellions against autocracy. The people involved in the arabic spring were puppets. İf we consider this film with its political language the point we have reached can be explain with one word;bullshit.
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.