The film Femicide. One case, many struggles will be broadcasted online worldwide live and free on women’s day

[International Women’s Day]

The documentary Femicide. One case, many struggles (Avila, 2019) will be broadcasted on March 8th at 8:30 PM (Argentinian time) on Canal 10 from Río Negro Province and also live and free with English subtitles via the channel’s app, which can be downloaded on Google Play.

The film, which tells Mara Avila’s mourning process and struggle as a daughter of a victim of femicide in Argentina, will be broadcasted on Sunday, March 8th 2020 at 8:30 PM (Argentinian time) on Canal 10 from Río Negro Province in Argentina. Moreover, it will be broadcasted live worldwide and free of charge, with English subtitles, via the channel’s app, that can be downloaded on Google Play here

A year after its first release at Gaumont movie theater in Buenos Aires City, the documentary, which has recently been screened in Bolivia at Oruro Film Fest, deals withthe issue of gender violence and femicide in Argentina from the perspective of an orphan, which is the struggle of many children and teenagers who lose their mothers almost everyday in today’s Argentina. «For Ms. Avila, art has been the key to her journey. Her documentary Femicide: One Case, Many Struggles helped her through a mourning process she had shelved for many years after her mother, Maria Elena Gomez, was murdered», writes journalist Natalie Alcoba.   

Brief trailer

Brief trailer with English subtitles
On July 19th, 2005, María Elena Gómez went out with her partner, Ernesto Jorge Narcisi in Buenos Aires. That evening, he stabbed her to death. The media communicated the news as a “crime of passion in Puerto Madero”.
Ten years later, Mara Avila, the victim’s daughter, will resignify that so-called “crime of passion” as a “femicide”. She will decide to make a first-person documentary film. From both a subjective and social approach, she will give her biggest tragedy in life a political meaning.

Director, producer, scriptwriter and the main character in the first-person documentary Femicide. One case, many struggles (2019), Mara Avila premiered this film, her first feature, at Gaumont Theater in Buenos Aires City, on March 7th 2019. One day prior to Women’s International Day, this first release has not only allowed her to promote the film but also to keep struggling against gender violence, as the daughter of a victim of femicide in Argentina. Supported by the National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA in Spanish), the documentary Femicide. One case, many struggles has been Mara’s thesis, with which she got her Degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in December 2018. Born and raised in the “porteño” city, she is now working on her second feature film as she continues to take contemporary dance and improvisation lessons with different Argentine teachers in Buenos Aires.
Her film Femicide. One case, many struggles was internationally premiered in Guatemala at the X Muestra Memoria, Verdad, Justicia on May 4th, 2019. 
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Thanks for supporting the film Femicide. One case, many struggles this year

Ph. Lorena Castaño. The photo was taken in July in Mar del Plata city; I’ve chosen this photo because there you can see Marta Montero, Lucía Pérez’s mother, one of the moms whose daughters were victims of femicide and whom I met this year.

I would like to express my gratitude to all of you living abroad who have spread the word about my documentary Femicide. One case, many struggles.

It’s been an enriching year, which started with the premiere of the film in March at Gaumont movie theater in Buenos Aires City and was followed by a great deal of screenings throughout Argentina, at cultural centers, schools, universities and also festivals and international events, namely in Guatemala in May at the Muestra de cine Memoria, Verdad y Justicia and Bolívar Film Festival in August. Next year, the film will take part in an international film festival in Latin America, but I cannot promote it until the organizers make it public.

As 2019 comes to an end, I would like to express my gratitude to all the people who have made this documentary possible, including the team, the volunteers, the performers, those who shared their testimonies and the media that has helped to promote this project since the very first day.  I take advantage of this opportunity and share the last article on the struggle against gender violence in Argentina where I could express my point of view as the daughter of a victim of femicide, now a filmmaker.

Report published by Natalie Alcoba for The globe and mail.

Best wishes for 2020 and may we all keep struggling to free this world from gender violence,

Mara Avila

Director of the documentary Femicide. One case, many struggles; María Elena Gómez’s daughter

P.S. If you haven’t watched the film yet and would like to, please, let me know and I’ll share it with you.