Cuchillo de palo (108)
Cuchillo de palo (108) (2013)

Filmmaker Renate Costa fuses the personal and the political in this documentary which explores gay rights in Paraguay. As she was growing up, Costa's uncle Rodolfo was always the black sheep of the family -- he was the one who never… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 18, 2013
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Patiently photographed by Carlos Vásquez, who bestows the same gentle attention on grainy snapshots and the beautifully ruined face of an aging drag queen, "108" peels back layers of delusion and dishonesty.

Louis Proyect

A landmark documentary on gay people that will become a classic like "Before Stonewall" or "The Celluloid Closet". At once a great family drama and detective story.

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Lily Janiak
Village Voice

Costa's grainy footage looks amateurish at times-at one point, she runs out of battery and the screen goes dark-but her rule-breaking is bold.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

This glowingly effective and intelligently low-key documentary manages to be both a stirring family drama and a valuable depiction of gay life and history in Paraguay.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Emotionally powerful and provocative.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Renate Costa's doc gradually simplifies into an elaborate seesaw between general, journalistic scoopery and unabashedly personal confrontation.

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Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Even though the narrative builds momentum and the discoveries pop up slowly, the story is told in a very straightforward way, so it feels closer to journalism… More