Magazine article Variety

Netflix Adds Controversy to Latin America Stream

Magazine article Variety

Netflix Adds Controversy to Latin America Stream

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Netflix has steadily been buying Spanish-language content to bolster its services in Latin America, and it hasn't shied away from controversial fare in building its lineup of hits, some of which have resonated beyond the box office.

Its latest buy, Chilean director Matias Lira's drama "El Bosque de Karadima," dramatizes events in the case against Chilean priest Rev. Fernando Karadima, first accused in 2010 of having, over the course of 30 years, seduced boys who were acolytes and aspiring priests. Karadima was forced to retire by the Vatican in 2011.

The film joins Mexican helmer Luis Estrada's political satire "The Perfect Dictatorship," which Netflix is also streaming in the U.S.; and Netflix's original Spanish-language series "Narcos," the story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as projects that tread on sensitive ground.

Lira faced a series of challenges earlier this year that nearly scuttled "Karadima." Three days before principal photography was set to begin at a local church, the film's permit was rescinded, and Lira had to scramble to secure another site. He scouted at least 50 churches before he found one that permitted him to film. "I was given only 48 hours to shoot around 30 scenes, some with numerous extras," he recalls. …

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