Ojai Film Festival Presents 2021 International Awards Contenders


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Peru, at the height of the political crisis in the 1980s.


Georgina is a young woman from the Andes whose newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic.  Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets Pedro Campos, a lonely journalist.


Based on a true story.


About the film:


A haunting, heartbreaking account of baby trafficking and the plight of disenfranchised indigenous women in 1980’s Peru, the film is an adaptation of real events investigated by director Melina León’s journalist father, Ismael Leon, to whom the film is dedicated. 


Reminiscent of such thought-provoking films about Latin American social and political issues as “Roma,” "Ixcanul" and “The Silence of Others.”


The film premiered in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won the New Voices/New Visions Award at The Palm Springs International Film Festival. Director Melina León is the first Peruvian female director to have a film in the Cannes Film Festival – Directors Fortnight.  


“Mesmerizing” – Variety

“Striking. Exquisite” - Hollywood Reporter

“Potent” - Screendaily

“Grandly composed” - New York Times

  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
    Spanish, Quechua
  • Country
  • Note
    Subtitles: English. US Distributor: Film Movement. Following the film there is a Conversation with the director Melina León with Nicholas Bell, Chief Film Critic at IONCINEMA.COM.
  • Director
    Melina León
  • Screenwriter
    Melina León, Michael J. White
  • Producer
    Inti Briones, Melina León, Michael J. White
  • Executive Producer
    La Vida Misma Films
  • Co-Producer
    La Mula Producciones (Peru), MGC (Spain), Bord Cadre Films (Switzerland)
  • Filmmaker
    La Vida Misma Films
  • Cast
    Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Párraga, Lucio Rojas, Maykol Hernández, Lidia Quips
  • Cinematographer
    Inti Briones
  • Editor
    Melina León, Manuel Bauer, Antolín Prieto
  • Production Design
    Gisella Ramírez