Considering it is a debut film by Spanish director Jaume Mateu Adrover, Fuerte Apache is a well-scripted and very thought-provoking film that revolves around the lives of teenage boys who live in a sort of youth center
Considering it is a debut film by Spanish director Jaume Mateu Adrover, Fuerte Apache is a well-scripted and very thought-provoking film that revolves around the lives of teenage boys who live in a sort of youth center, a kind of residential complex offered to young boys as an assurance of living in a society.
Known for their wayward ways, the boys are watched over by members of a social worker group, who unfortunately do not care less about the future of these boys. Among the educators, is Toni Darder, an older and experienced social worker, who with his years of experience of dealing with such children shows some concern for these ignored youngsters.
So when young Tariq Ahmed, a street boy arrives at the home after having fled from his native country Morocco, Toni sees that the child shows scope for development and he takes it upon himself to make something of this little vagabond. Toni and Tariq bond well and are soon affectionately attached to one another. Then one day, Tariq accompanies Ricky, one of the resident mates, to visit his grandmother, an elderly lady who is not too happy with her grandson’s rebellious ways. In the argument that arises between grandmother and grandson, the old lady is killed and the police happen to be there just at that time.
Tariq is terrified by the all too quick happenings and he flees the spot, not knowing where his feet will take him. On learning about Tariq’s sudden disappearance, Toni is worried for the boy’s safety and he begins a search for Tariq, not knowing where to start. As the bonding between them had grown so strong, Toni is really desperate to find the boy and so he searches the streets of Barcelona in an attempt to find him. We see a fine side of Toni here, who although appears grumpy and crabby most of the time, has a soft corner for the boys at the youth centre. He cares for their welfare even though he does not show much emotion. He is so involved with the
The film has a raw approach, unlike other documentaries, but the reality of it all is quite daunting and clear cut. You can see through the film and clearly understand what the director is trying to get across to us. He has chosen to portray a section of society that needs to be understood and hence Fuerte Apache is different from the usual documentaries that one gets to see. Children are the future of our society and they need their own space to grow. Interfering and imposing your will on them will only make them aggressive, leading them to a path that one would not want to see them follow.
Adrover wants to create an awareness that is most necessary in today’s times where crime and violence have taken the forefront and the youth are easily lured by it. By understanding their needs and allowing them space, we can help build a better environment for them where they are able to differentiate between the good and the bad. In Fuerte Apache we see what kind of a bleak life these boys live and changing this is what is important.