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Mi nombre es Maria
Documentary portrait, Sucre /2018+19
3-channel installation shown on tripod canvas. original duration 00:12:46.


Additional footage
00:04:07 Interview with Maya and Anita

Excert 00:03:20

Bolivia had set itself high development policy goals during the period of government under Evo Morales. Although the Bolivian state has passed several new laws in recent years to combat human smuggling and to protect women against (sexual) violence, the level of violence against women and girls has increased considerably. But not only Bolivia shows a very high incidence of physical and sexual violence against women. Seven out of ten women are victims of violence. Very few of them dare to make their fate public.
Mi nombre es Maria tells the story of two women who have been able to break the cycles of violence in their partnerships. The spoken part is based on an intensive process of interview, creative singing and storytelling, which took place during two days of experimental encounters.
The footage was taken during my work at the "Juana Azurduy" Women's Centre in Sucre, Bolivia in 2018. In this time I was able to accompany the women in their therapeutic and educational work.
Karin de Fries, a psychodramatist, provided psychological support during the filming. Psychodrama is a therapeutic and educational group method developed by the psychiatrist Jakob Levy Moreno.
Contact: Karin de Fries

The interview gives an insight into the filmic work behind the film Mi nombre es Maria. Today, Maya and Anita fighting with like-minded women and organisations against all forms of violence and the rule of patriarchy.

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