First Films with the Green Brothers: Gun Hill Road
Director: Rashaad Ernesto Green
USA / 2011 / 88 min
Q&A with Rashaad Ernesto Green & Reinaldo Marcus Green, moderated by Ria Tobaccowala
After three years in prison, Enrique (Esai Morales) returns home to the Bronx to find that the world he knew has changed. His wife, Angela (Judy Reyes), struggles to hide an emotional affair, and his teenage son, Michael (Harmony Santana), explores a sexual transformation well beyond Enrique’s grasp and understanding. Unable to accept his child, Enrique clings to his masculine ideals while Angela attempts to hold the family together by protecting Michael. Still under the watchful eye of his parole officer (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.), Enrique must become the father he needs to be or, once again, risk losing his family and freedom. Writer/director Rashaad Ernesto Green’s first feature is an intricate portrait of a family divided, told with sensitivity, gentle humor, and a deep understanding of the environment that shapes its people.