'To speak about experiences associated with extreme violence, the sexual violence, it is not an easy thing. Suffering and fear, lived silently, with shame, “as if it was a fault of one”. It creates a fingerprint that generates other pains associated with the fact of being a woman in a context of arbitrariness and mistreatment. I share the idea that the task of opening spaces, to think, is the only way of facilitating the dialogue on a topic that brings so much pain, and this film was conceived as a search of healing'.
– Claudia Llosa interview in Filmmaker available here.
Set primarily in the outskirts of Lima, Peru, the film infuses magical realism with conventional narrative to tell the story of Fausta (played by Magaly Solier), a young woman from the province Huanta, in the region of Ayacucho. The film begins with her mother singing about the rape and killings in the Quechua language. After her death Fausta must live with her uncle and his family and earn money so that she can bury her mother.
'Impunity surrounded these cases and the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission found no evidence of criminal prosecutions against perpetrators of sexual abuses. Moreover, men rarely allows their wives or daughters to report the sexual violence'.
A beautiful movie, in which music plays an integral part.
(Cross-posted at Human Rights Film Diary blog)