MISS MARÍA, SKIRTING THE MOUNTAIN

SEÑORITA MARÍA, LA FALDA DE LA MONTAÑA

By Ruben MENDOZA

MINISTERIO DE CULTURA - COLOMBIA - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2017

In one of the most conservative places in Colombia lives Miss Maria. She was born a boy. This isn’t the story of yet another being mired in gender conflicts: it’s the life of a person who knew how to use her strength to stand tall, who has yet to experience a sorrow capable of exhausting her tears.

Festivals
& Awards

FICCI Cartagena 2017
Mejor director colombiano
Locarno 2017
Semaine de la critique - Best direction ZONTA CLUB PRIZE
DOCSMX 2017
Cinema Queer & Best film
IDFA 2017
The best of fests
    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • COLOMBIA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ruben MENDOZA
    • Producer(s)
    • Amanda SARMIENTO
    • Synopsis
    • Boavita is a rural, conservative, and Catholic village embedded in the Andes and frozen in time: in the foothills of these mountains lives Miss Maria Luisa. She is 45 years old and was born a boy. Behind what appears to be just another life mired in gender and identity conflicts lies a bitter, unimaginable family history, its deepest roots seasoned with hatred. And the scapegoat in this story has always been our Miss, even before she set foot in this world.

      The horrors of rural life in Colombia with all its morality have done nothing but increase the power of this solitary soul. Shunned from birth, from the womb, she has found in the secrets she holds, in her love of animals, in the labyrinth of her faith, a way of dealing with a world that has done nothing but despise her for reasons beyond her control, reasons that have victimized her from the start. But our Miss is as mighty as a stalk of wheat, impervious even to earthquakes, and although she has known much sorrow, there is none powerful enough to exhaust her tears or wipe away her smile.
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