Song Without a Name


Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Original Title:Canción sin nombre
Festival Programs:Cine Latino
Women & Film
Social Justice
Women Directors
True Story
Historical Drama
Release Year:2019
Runtime:97 min
Festivals & Awards:Palm Springs International Film Festival - New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize
Denver International Film Festival - Krzysztof Kieslowski Award
Stockholm Film Festival - Best Cinematography
Bronze Horse Best Film
Thessaloniki Film Festival - Best Director
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Film Movement
Director:Melina León
Producer:Inti Briones
Melina León
Michael J. White
Cinematographer:Inti Briones
Screenwriter:Melina León
Michael J. White
Editor:Melina León
Manuel Bauer
Antolín Prieto
Composer:Pauchi Sasaki
Principal Cast:Pamela Mendoza
Tommy Párraga
Lucio Rojas
Maykol Hernández
Lidia Quipse


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

Lima, Peru, 1988. Georgiana, on the verge of giving birth to her first child, leaves her small Andean village in the hopes of getting free medical care in the city. Upon giving birth in a small clinic, the staff remove her baby and it vanishes.

Based on a true story from 1981, Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) is a harrowing account of baby smuggling during one of Peru’s worst political nightmares. The country, embroiled in hyperinflation and terrorism, became a crucible of illegal and lucrative activity, in this case selling babies to wealthy Europeans. When Georgiana’s baby is stolen, and she and her partner discover that the clinic is abandoned, she gets no help from a hostile police force and a government spun out of control. Working with a reporter, Pedro Campos, Georgiana uncovers a plot of nightmarish bureaucracy, racism, and greed.

Director Biography

Melina León is a Peruvian director based in Lima and New York and is an MFA film graduate of Columbia University. Her debut feature, Song Without a Name (Canción sin nombre) (2019) premiered at the Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2019 and was nominated for the Caméra d’Or.


"Earthy with social detail from a despairing period of Peru’s recent history, it’s also shot, scored and styled like the most beautiful of bad dreams." - Variety