Maria, a Spanish physician works in a maternity hospital in the Ecuadorian rainforest. She is shocked about the many premature pregnancies and the violence women in Ecuador have to face. She meets Mishell, an adolescent abused by his father, and Yanina, a woman who decides to perform a clandestine abortion. María discovers that behind unintended pregnancies again and again hides sexual violence.
Xiana Yago was born in 1984 in Valencia (Spain), graduated in medicine in Barcelona and in 2009 moved to Berlin, where she worked as assistant director in several feature films. In 2011 she finished her Master’s Degree in Screenwriting for Film and TV at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
In 2012 Xiana moved to Ecuador and together with the Ecuadorian director Andrés Ramírez co-wrote the Ecuadorian-Bolivian documentary “Ukamau y ké” (2017). Later on, she produced and directed her first documentary feature film “Las Mujeres Deciden” (2017), which won a grant for documentary production (2013) and distribution (2016) from the National Film Council of Ecuador.
Film genre: Documentary
Image Format: Full HD
Display Format: DCP / BluRay
Lenght: 61 min
Subtitles: English, French, German, Greek
Director & Screenwriter: Xiana Yago Tortajada.
María Carnicer, María Pinchupa, Mishell Castro, Flor Vega, Nayelly Castro, Edith Arboleda, Gina Díaz
Director of Photography: François “Coco” Laso
Film Editor: Florencia Handler, Sofi Escudé & Xiana Yago
Music: Martín Matilla.
Sound recordist: Franz Córdova
Additional sound recordist: David Procel
Additional camera: Kike Veintimilla
Executive producers: Perrine Delangle & Xiana Yago
Design: Pitahaya Comunicación
Nevada Women’s Film Festival / EEUU
BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD 2018
Festival Ojo Loco de Cine Iberoamericano, Grenoble / France
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR THE BEST DOCUMENTARY 2018
Semaine du Cinéma Équatorien de Paris / France
Wales International Documentary Festival (UK)
BEST EDIT 2017
Telling Tales International Film& Audio Documentary Festival (UK)
BEST INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTARY 2017