Short films and play to benefit CASA Anti-Violence program

By Liana Steinmetz

Violence stalks Mexican women. 33 percent of women in health clinic waiting-rooms report living with violence; 22 percent have experienced sexual abuse. The San Miguel Walk Against Domestic Violence committee, in cooperation with the Guanajuato Film Festival has put together a powerful night of entertainment focused on domestic violence awareness. Four award-winning short films, never before seen in San Miguel, and a play written, directed and performed by CASA’s theater group will be shown at the Santa Ana Theater.

Film: 9th Annual San Miguel Walk Against Violence, Award-Winning Short Films & Original Play, Benefit for CASA Anti-Violence. Thu, Jan 12, 5pm. Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50ª. Donations 60 pesos

All four films won awards in the Avon-sponsored, “Alza La Voz” section of the Guanajuato Film Festival of 2011. Shift, (Estonia, Best International Short) gives an intriguing view into the lives of two women who are dealing with similar situations of abuse, but live very different professional lives. They come together and connect in unexpected ways. Mute, (Palestine, Honorable Mention) with beautiful cinematography, centers on a 14-year-old girl and her younger, mute neighbor who travel to Jerusalem in pursuit to find a cure for mutism. Magic unfolds when the reason for his muteness is discovered and the children in the neighborhood are mobilized to help him. Borreguito, (Mexico, Honorable Mention) is a sweet story of a girl living in the country who must stand up to her aging, abusive father. Survivors (United States, Best Short Documentary), a visually dynamic animated short, is based on interviews with victims of domestic violence who take their first steps towards healing. All films will be suitable for English speakers.

After the movies are shown, CASA’s theater group will perform a play about domestic violence. The play, No Te Quedes Callada, written by the theater group, has been performed for many hundreds of people living in rural communities surrounding San Miguel. It is a dynamic play about a woman and her family trapped in a cycle of violence and abuse and the actions they take to change their life. It is designed to bring awareness and empowerment to the audience about human rights and domestic violence. Following the play there will be a short, bilingual discussion.

A donation of 60 pesos is requested and will go to the violence prevention program at CASA. This program provides women and families with emergency shelter, medical and legal assistance, crisis intervention, and counseling. The program employs two staff psychologists and works with a pro-bono legal team to support women and families.

For info in English, contact Trish at Phone 121-0612.

For info in Spanish, contact CASA at 154-6060.

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