Tigers Are Not Afraid presents us with a Mexican city effectively run by a drug cartel. Kidnappings and murder are a daily occurrence that our troop of protagonist street urchins, who survive each day as it comes.
The young orphaned Estrella is guided by the ghost of her mother as she navigates life living in the slums with a group of young boys in the same situation she has found herself in from gang violence.
Much like Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, we are treated with a world where fantasy and reality cross over through the imagination of a child, helping her to cope with the reality of the abysmal life she leads.
Animal characters that can only come from the imagination of a child animate around the scenery, creating a magical world that Estrella can escape into.
Having received a string word-of-mouth praise from screening at FrightFest Glasgow earlier in the year, Tigers Are Not Afraid makes its English premiere at the Cineworld Empire Leicester Square this August Bank Holiday weekend at the main FrightFest Film Festival.
The film acts a nice change of pace from all the guts and blood of other heavier handed horror films at the festival.
If you’re looking for something with a lot of heart and something to say about the current political landscape in Mexico, Tigers Are Not Afraid is a satisfying fairly-tale that will stay with you for a long time.