Angels & Dust

Director: Hector Herrera
Year: 2014
Duration: 78 mins
Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)
A mesmerising, hallucinogenic journey through the gangs and drug culture of modern Panama.
When music producer, Paco and his wife, Kene, are arrested at the airport with plates of cocaine strapped to their bodies, his brother, Mauricio, is dragged into a dangerous underworld. Desperate to do something, Mauricio leaves his home in Barcelona behind and – with the help of illegal taxi driver, Fat – settles into a new life in Panama.
As the wheels of bureaucracy slowly turn, Mauricio tries to secure protection in prison for Paco and Kene and win custody of their two year old daughter, seized at the airport by social services. Paco soon comes under the wing of violent killer, Matón, and even starts producing music from prison.
But life on the streets is even more dangerous. Every day, more and more people are killed in wars between rival gangs. Journalists like William Sala spend their days going from one crime scene to another. Guided by Fat’s friends, former gang members Julito and Lolo, Mauricio witnesses first-hand the realities of ghetto life.

 

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