Written by Rashid Pineda

From a very young age, Alex Kahuam knew he wanted to be a filmmaker. His second feature-film, “SO, YOU WANT TO BE A GANGSTER?” showcases the 21-year-old’s craft.

This feature will be released later this September on VOD, but it originally started out as a short film.

Kahuam completed his short which made it to the Cannes Film Festival for the Short Film Corner in 2014.

With one feature film already under his belt, which he shot at the age of 18, Kahuam began working on a second.

Upon writing it, he realized what he had began working on was a feature length version of “SO, YOU WANT TO BE A GANGSTER?,” and with the help of some collaborators he brought to fruition.

Having been exposed to violence in a way that was considered normal, his films treat the subject in the same light.

This doesn’t mean he encourages or glorifies violence in his work, on the contrary he likes to show the consequences it has.

Born in Mexico City to Lebanese parents, his hometown clearly shaped the subject matter he has filmed.

At the age of 12 he made a short titled “El Secuestro” (The Kidnapping).

After that he worked on 17 other shorts over the years, then dropped out of film school only to shoot his first feature shortly after, and now you’ll have the opportunity to catch his newest feature this September. 

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