Cadejo Blanco, an interview with Justin Lerner


The story of Cadejo Blanco is about Sarita who lives with her sister Bea in a working-class neighborhood in Guatemala City. One night
after a party, Bea doesn’t come home. Convinced that her disappearance has something to do
with Andrés, her sister’s dangerous ex, Sarita manages to befriend him and infiltrate his gang.
Narrowly avoiding death at every turn, and with an unwavering determination in the face of the
men who underestimate her, Sarita becomes increasingly involved with Andrés and the ruthless,
violent world of his gang. As she searches for answers about what happened to her sister, she
realizes that the truth is a lot more complicated than she could have imagined.

The following is our interview with Justin Lerner, director of Cadejo Blanco:

Justin Lerner (writer/director, producer, co-editor)
Justin Lerner is an award-winning filmmaker from Boston, Massachusetts whose first feature
film, GIRLFRIEND, premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and won the 2011
Gotham Independent Film Audience Award. His second feature film, THE AUTOMATIC HATE,
made its world premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was later nominated for the Flash
Forward Award (best first or second feature) at Busan International Film Festival. Lerner
recently completed his third feature film, CADEJO BLANCO, a Spanish language co-production
between Guatemala, USA, and Mexico. In 2016, Lerner helped launch the Escuela de Cine at
Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City, where he lives for part of each year


About Author

Bijan Tehrani

Bijan Tehrani a film director, film critic and writer, works as editor in chief of Cinema Without Borders while teaching Language of Film and Film History at workshops nationwide. Bijan has won several awards in international film festivals and book fairs for his short films and children's books.

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