- Director: Rubén Mendoza
- Producer: Amanda Sarmiento; Rubén Mendoza
A simple life blighted by blind devotion...religion certainly exploits the under-educated, the vulnerable...and, those with learning disabilities. Mis Maria - without doubt - has learning disabilities!
It takes 9 minutes before a word is uttered...yes, we understand the whole 'setting the scene' - but - GAWD - make it interesting to watch!
There really is too much of nothing...elongated scenes of wood-chopping, water-carrying, stove-lighting...will put any self-respecting viewer at battle with rapid onset sleep!
Alas, the occasional burst of cacaphonous music...will ensure the continuation of sleep deprivation...which, surprisingly, turns out to be a good thing!
After, what feels like an eternity...Maria's [seriously] complex story starts to unfold...
Maria is a survivor, neither afraid of hard-work nor hardship...but, her life has dissolved into the indistinct blurriness of both fact and fiction. Not surprising since her untreated epilepsy was regarded as demonic possession...with a priest-on-hand to kick the demon out! There are more revelations...but...
Maria's faith is unshakeable...it gives her sanctuary. And, safety is what she needs...Maria was failed by her family and fought to be herself...here, she stands...a woman with a great big, loving heart.
An honour to have spent time in your company.
Maria Luisa lives in Boavita, one of the most conservative Catholic villages in Colombia. She is 45 years old and though she was born male, she identifies herself as a woman and dresses like one. Standing tall and proud, there is nothing powerful enough to wipe her smile away.