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A harrowing account of life on some of the world's most dangerous streets, this documentary follows 13-year-old Carlito as he guides filmmaker Jean-Stephane Sauvaire on a tour of his decimated neighborhood in Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city. There, armed children hold out against paramilitary troops, criminal gangs, and guerrilla fighters. In stark contrast to North American kids his age, Carlito carries a statue of the Virgin around as he listens to his shell-shocked neighbors confess their tragic stories and pray to the Holy Mother. Literally shot "under the gun" because of Medellin's daily street violence, Sauvaire offers a haunting expose, exquisitely photographed, and expertly crafted. In Spanish with optional English and French subtitles.

Jean-Stephane Sauvaire---France/Colombia---2004---74 mins.