Planet Carlos

Directed by Andreas Kannengießer
Germany / 2008 / 88'

13-year-old Carlos lives in the Barrio, a shantytown on the outskirts of León, Nicaragua’s second largest city. He earns his money as a member of a Gigantona group, performing for tourists. In these traditional groups children dance, play theatre and recite poems. But Carlos gets tired of jumping around and sweating; he’d rather be the coplero, the one reciting the poems. So he starts a fight in the group and gets kicked out. When his mother finds out he’s been kicked out of the group, she sends him straight to work at the local market to earn money as a banana porter. Against the odds, Carlos succeeds in founding his own Gigantona group, in which he is the coplero, but…

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