Open City Documentary Festival

April 2024
across London
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Things We Dare Not Do + Q&A

[1] Director Bruno Santamaría Razo, 2020, [3] Country Mexico, [4] Duration 75, [7] Awards Hot Docs,

The second feature film by Mexican director and cinematographer Bruno Santamaría Razo, Things We Dare Not Do follows sixteen-year-old Ñoño as he plays and dances the days away amongst a peaceful island community on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Yet his life of youthful innocence cannot last forever and, after violence suddenly shatters the island’s tranquil atmosphere, Ñoño decides the time has come to find out how his family feel about his burgeoning desire to dress as a woman. Things We Dare Not Do is an exquisitely photographed, deeply moving tale of lost innocence and the complexity of queer identity.

European Premiere

Screening includes a Q&A with director Bruno Santamaría Razo, hosted by Radam Ridwan.

Read an essay on Things We Dare Not Do by Cathy Brennan.

In partnership with the Embassy of Mexico.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept midday – Tue 15th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.


Bruno Santamaría (Mexico, 1986) is a cinematographer and documentary director from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). He has worked on Ai WeiWei’s Vivos (2020), The best thing you can do with your life (2018) by Zita Erffa and Artemio by Sandra Luz López, among others. Things We Dare Not Do is his second film as a director. His work has been shown at festivals such as Berlinale, Hot Docs, FIPA, Sheffield Doc Fest, Camerimage, FICG and FICM.