They are women. They are mothers. They are prisoners serving long sentences in a correctional facility in Chile. Their children grow up far from them, but remain in their hearts. In prison, they find affection in other partners who share their situation. Mutual support among these women becomes a form of resistance and empowerment. ‘Malqueridas’ builds their stories through images captured by them with cell phones inside the prison, recovering the collective memory of a forgotten community.
Chilean filmmaker, she has a Master’s degree in Documentary Film from the University of Chile and teaches film courses at different universities in her native country. She debuted as a director in 2013 with the short documentary ‘Descansa, Zulema’, and her next work, ‘I’m Still Here’ (2017), premiered in Spain at Seminci’s documentary short film competition Time of History, before she returned to filmmaking with ‘Ninguna estrella’ (2022). Her three shorts have been selected at international festivals such as Hot Docs, the Montreal Documentary Film Festival (RIDM), the Chicago Festival or the Valdivia Festival, among others. In 2019 she was selected for the IDFAcademy emerging documentary filmmakers training program. ‘Malqueridas’, her first feature film, received project development awards at Visions Du Réel and Cannes Docs, and had its world premiere at the Critics’ Week of the Venice Festival, where it won the Grand Prix.