MAIZE DAUGHTERS

HIJAS DEL MAIZ

By Alfonso GASTIABURO

CINESPUMA - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2019

A white midwife, who has immersed in the tzotzil cu ure, transforms the proce of bringing life to the world in a ba le against gender violence.

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CONCURSO INCUBADORA DE DOCUMENTALES INCAA. 2017
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alfonso GASTIABURO
    • Producer(s)
    • Ana TALEB (CINESPUMA), Martin ALBERTENGO (CINESPUMA)
    • Synopsis
    • During the 90’s, in Córdoba, Sandra Lorea was convinced that what happened in Chiapas was a revolution. That’s how, a nurse of 30 years old, took an airplane ticket and arrived to the rainforest of Lacandona to see with her own eyes what these indigenous with no guns declared war to the government. Sandra stayed. She was undercover for 3 years, living in the mountain communities. If there were no teacher, she was teaching. If someone was ill, she was tooking care.
      One day she met a midwife called Itzel. Being a midwife is one of the few prestige roles that has a indigenous woman. Sandra learned with Itzel how to be a midwife. Today, 20 years later of her arrived in Chiapas, Sandra travels along the rainforest with her little bag that carries all her medical instruments to nurse the maya women. There, where the government or the white doctors don’t get, arrives the indigenous midwifes and Sandra, the blondie midwife.During the months of pregnancy, she is a frequent presence in the house of her patients. Once or twice a week she prepares natural medicine, controls the evolution of the pregnancy, pass time with the fami- lies, talks and specially hears them. Little by little she creates a deeply link with the pregnant woman.
      Sometimes she helps a pregant woman to confront an abuser husband or a single mom who is rejected from the community. Once in a while she teaches how to use birth control pills so women can choose when and how many kids want to have. Sandra is in-between a cultural war that generates hundreds of deaths each year. In a country where feminicide is the mayor sport, this is the story of the blondie that bring life in the rainforest.