Magazine article New Internationalist

[Carla's Song]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Carla's Song]

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Carla's Song directed by Ken Loach

IN RECENT YEARS the most important political developments and most hopeful political movements in the world have been in Latin America.They remind us of the possibilities of political change,' says Ken Loach.

Not surprisingly, then, he has chosen a film that deals with 1980s Nicaragua as the suitable successor to his highly acclaimed Land and Freedom which focused on the Spanish Civil War.

The relationship between George, a Scottish bus driver, and Carla, a Nicaraguan refugee marks the beginning of a journey that will take them both to her country, a land torn by the war between the Sandinistas and the US - backed Contras.

The film is divided in two halves, the first taking place in Scotland, where George and Carla meet. This makes for an enjoyable and insightful look at human relations and the refugee's condition in Britain. Loach is in a territory he knows and it shows. His talent for casting is also evident - choosing not stars but real, credible people whom the audience can believe in the part. …

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