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Films have previously depicted the plight of an individual in the wake of a terrorist bombing, but never a character with Down syndrome. After the real life 1994 attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires separates Anita (Alejandra Manzo) from her doting mother (Norma Aleandro), the developmentally disabled young woman is forced to survive on the kindness of some not so saintly strangers. In the end, Anita is supposed to warm our hearts and leave us feeling as though some light has been shed on the human experience. A cut above the typical “ignorance is bliss” depiction of the mentally challenged found in most Hollywood films, but unless you work in the field or have a family member with Down syndrome, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to see this. Directed by Marcos Carnevale.

Reader Rating: One Star

Anita, part of the San Diego Latino Film Festival's Cinema en tu Idioma series, begins a one-week run tomorrow at UltraStar Hazard Center Mission Valley.

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