A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge – how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies… and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they sate their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge… But without human meat the family will die. Shocking, bloody and deeply moving, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a remarkable reinvention of the horror genre – a visceral and powerfully emotional portrait of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites.
During my stay at CCC I tended, subconsciously or intuitively, to look for my own self in a specific topic – all of my exercises were guided by this particular search. Violence permeated my work, my speech, and my narration. I always looked for the things I wanted to say, but it was never enough. I never developed its most important implication – its direct relation with family… the family that generates violence and is affected by it. Now, in my first feature, you can see them, sense them, taste them – family disintegration, urban violence, social depredation, the fight among minorities to survive and be noticed. But above all, the possibility of improvement – taking the only chance to escape violence. And also the possibility of ridding myself of it completely… of living it in flesh and blood without letting it harm me. My aim is to decode my nsurroundings. To try to describe myself through this story; to discover my ambitions, my motivations, and my values. To find through the screen the tools with which to build my discourse.