Cine Latino: Intimate Battles
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Film Info
Original Title:Batallas íntimas
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Program:Cine Latino
Women in Film
Focus: Mexico
Tags:Women Directors
Documentary
Culture & Society
Release Year:2016
Runtime:87 min
Country:Mexico
Language:Spanish
Print Source:AndanaFilms
Cast/Crew
Director:Lucía Gajá Ferrer
Producer:Rodrigo Herranz Fanjul
Lucía Gajá
Cinematographer:Marc Bellver
Screenwriter:Lucía Gajá
Editor:Francisco X. Rivera
Lucía Gajá
Mariana Rodríguez
Composer:Jacobo Lieberman
Leonardo Heiblum
Description

Director Lucía Gajá Attending!

<< Return to All Films | Sinopsis en Español

Shaken but unbowed, Martha sits tensely in a Mexico City court before a judge and witnesses, recounting in stark, direct terms the six years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her soon to be ex-husband, in hopes of gaining custody of her son. In New York City, women’s shelter worker Lehra struggles to stem the cycles of violence witnessed by children of abusive homes—the kind she herself fled from one fateful day, naked but alive. And in Spain, Carmen maintains composure while recounting how her fireman ex-husband tried to burn her alive, and how, after months in a coma and countless surgeries later, she has managed to make a new life and even find love again.

Filmed with insight, empathy, and a spirit of resilience, director Lucía Gaja (My Life Inside) gives voice to the stories of five remarkable women, whose hopes at the promise of finding love and sharing their lives were shattered by the horrors of domestic violence and the deep reserves of strength, each summoned to pull themselves and their children out, often against the backdrop of deeply patriarchal societies and indifferent court systems.

Sacudida pero no doblegada, Martha se sienta tensamente en un tribunal de la Ciudad de México frente a un juez y testigos, narrando en términos directos y desgarrados el abuso que sufrió a manos del que pronto será su ex-esposo, con la esperanza de obtener la custodia de su hijo. En la ciudad de Nueva York Lehra, empleada en un refugio para mujeres, lucha para abatir los ciclos de violencia de los que son testigos los niños de hogares donde hay abuso, el mismo tipo de hogar del que ella huyó desnuda pero viva un fatídico día. Y en España, Carmen mantiene la compostura relatando cómo su ex-marido, bombero, trató de quemarla viva y cómo, meses después de haber estado en coma y de incontables sucesivas cirugías, ella ha logrado forjarse una nueva vida e incluso volver a encontrar el amor. Filmando con agudeza, empatía y espíritu de resiliencia, la directora Lucía Gaja (Mi vida dentro) da voz a las historias de cinco extraordinarias mujeres cuya esperanza de encontrar amor y compartir sus vidas fue destrozada por el horror de la violencia doméstica, y de la profunda reserva de firmeza que cada una de ellas logró para poder escapar con sus hijos, a menudo en un contorno social profundamente patriarcal y de sistemas judiciales indiferentes.


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