Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

"A Corrupt Power Dynamic" Short Film Showcase

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It is certainly cliché to say that power corrupts, and avoiding that cliché made me second, third, and fourth-guess myself about the ties that bind these short films into a coherent block. Despite my hesitance, I went with the cliché to an extent. First of all, as we are seeing quite plainly these last few months, as an idea it certainly holds up. Second of all, these films are not just about power in isolation. They are about the dynamics at play when one person or group of people has power over another. How does each party react to the ways that power is wielded, and how aware are they that the power dynamic even exists in the first place? These questions can lead to heaps of anxiety, plenty of pain, and a whole host of tragic consequences. That is what I thought when exploring these particular titles.

After surviving assault, an enigmatic 17-year-old Mexican girl finds retribution through her untapped female power and local witch culture.


This one comes with the content warning for sexual assault. Like the brilliant feature film REVENGE before it, Ashley George's Diabla subverts a nasty subgenre (rape revenge) by not only giving it a woman's point of view, but imbuing it with the strength found in witch power. The reexamination of the witch as a patriarchal demonization of feminine strength fills this unflinching work with an added layer of meaning. -Miguel


Director: Ashley George is a director and producer based in New York. She began making films in 2009 when she joined San Francisco film collective Scary Cow and has worked in casting, directing and producing films, commercials and music videos in SF, LA and NYC. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and The New School (NYC) with a Master of Arts in Media Studies.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    15 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Country
    Mexico
  • Director
    Ashley George
  • Screenwriter
    Alonso Diaz-Rickards
  • Producer
    Maya Korn
  • Executive Producer
    Lorraine Evanoff
  • Co-Producer
    Diana Mata
  • Cast
    Ruth Ramos, Sandra Zellweger, Daniel Fuentes Lobo, Cesar Mijangos, Violeta Santiago
  • Cinematographer
    Sheila Altamirano
  • Editor
    Diana Mata
  • Music
    Santiago Mijares