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We Are Mari Pepa



Mexico (95 mins, dir. Samuel Kishi Leopo)

“A rough-and-tumble, enjoyable yarn about a group of 16-year-old punk-rock wannabes from Guadalajara.” – Hollywood Reporter

Sixteen-year-old Alex and his mates want to enter their punk band, Mari Pepa, into a Mexican ‘battle of the bands’ competition. They need to come up with a second song to be eligible and the creative juices are, well, slow to fire.

Set in Mexico’s second-largest city over the summer holidays, this assured drama captures all the crude energy and frequent humiliations of male adolescence – and wannabe rock stars. Avoiding cliché, the story takes a different route, detouring into the boys’ home lives where the reality of adulthood often threatens to derail their grandiose plans.

A feature-length expansion of director Samuel Kishi Leopo’s award-winning short, We Are Mari Pepa is a sensitive, invigorating film, with a punk/traditional Mexican soundtrack adding extra rhythm.

“A tender, pitch-perfect coming-of-ager.” – Variety


GENRE: Drama

KEY THEMES: Self expression, rebellion, coming-of-age, class differences, generational differences, family

SUITABLE YEAR LEVELS: Senior secondary +

LANGUAGE: Spanish with English subtitles

CURRICULUM LINKS: Languages (Spanish), Civics and Citizenship, Interpersonal Development


  • Accepting and embracing generational differences.
  • Learning to respect women.
  • Balancing aspirations, leisure activities and responsibility.
  • Maintaining friendships during times of change.

School Screenings

Wednesday 6 August, 1.30pm at ACMI Cinemas

Thursday 14 August, 11am at ACMI Cinemas