By Lucía GAJÁ


Documentary - Post-Production 2016

Intimate Battles in the story of five women from different countries who were victims of domestic violence and their struggle to face it and survive it.
It will be an approach to this complex and extensive problem pretending to transcend the typical and stereotyped approaches to domestic violence.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • MEXICO
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lucía GAJÁ
    • Writer(s)
    • Lucía GAJÁ
    • Producer(s)
    • Rodrigo HERRANZ FANJUL (Caguama Producciones), Lucía GAJA (Caguama Producciones)
    • Synopsis
    • Every country is different, but we all have something in common: domestic violence, and it doesn’t respect the color of the skin, religion, nor cultural or social class. It happens in every country, every day, and inside many homes. Many women prefer to be in the street than inside their own houses.
      The United Nations says domestic violence has taken pandemic proportions, and that it’s a serious, preventable, public health problem. According to them, domestic violence against women is perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation known today. Men exercise domestic violence over women in an 85 to 90 percent, and this is why this film will focus on women.
      Intimate battles is the story of five women from different countries who have survived and are trying to overcome the consequences of domestic violence. Their fight to face it against their partners, society and even their government. It will be a slide of life of what violence has done to these women, into the place that was supposed to be the most safe and lovable: their homes.
      The violence will be approached from the perspective of love: What happened? How and why did love become violence? It is of the utmost relevance that women in the same situation of violence will see that other women, in this case our characters, are now outside of it, and that there is a way of getting their lives back. The film will analyze the patterns of domestic violence in each country.
      Carmen lives in Seville, and works at CAILU, the only place in the world that employs women handicapped due to domestic violence. Her ex-husband was a Fireman who gave her an alcohol bomb that burned her body. She spent three months in coma and has been through more than 30 operations.
      Lehra works at a women’s shelter in New York City. Her ex-husband, a policeman, mistreated her until she escaped. He later found her and threatened to kill her and their children. She managed to escape, naked and tortured.
      Martha is the assistant to a Sound Engineer in Mexico City. After six years of living in domestic hell, she ran away with her five-year-old child to a shelter, where they spent three months. Now she is caught through the divorce and custody’s legal red tape.
      Minna works at the Defense Ministry in Helsinki. She suffered psychological mistreatment from her husband for years. She tells us her current situation and how she managed to recover her self-esteem, independence and happiness.
      Ruksana is a teacher in a rural area of Delhi. She was forced to marry her cousin because of a minor disability. After years of violence, she left her home; studied and remarried to a man she loves.
      We have achieved the necessary intimacy with these women to tell their stories from a very intimate perspective to get the audience inside their skins and into the real, serious and sad world of domestic violence.
    • Partners & financing
    • Film is fully financed by:
      Ford Foundation (Just films)
    • Production schedule
    • Film is in POST-PRODUCTION process and will be completed in EARLY 2016.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2010