Maria's Story: A Documentary Portrait Of Love And Survival In El Salvador's Civil War
It is El Salvador, 1989, three years before the end of a brutal civil war that took 75,000 lives. Maria Serrano, wife, mother, and guerrilla leader is on the frontlines of the battle for her people and her country. With unprecedented access to FMLN guerrilla camps, the filmmakers dramatically chronicle Maria's daily life in the war as she travels from village to village organizing the peasant population, and helps plan a major nationwide offensive that led the FMLN into the historic peace pact of 1992. Skirting bullets and mortar attacks, recounting a childhood of poverty and abuse by government troops, suffering the tragic loss of her daughter to enemy fire, and spending precious moments with her husband and surviving daughters, Maria brings viewers to the heart of the fight for a more just society. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the film is available for the first time on DVD. Included is an update of Maria Serrano and her family twenty years after the end of the civil war.
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Maria's story is very well made and the 20-year supplement was a wonderful addition.
I worked with a nonprofit that assisted campesinos in Central America in the eighties. My one and only visit to San Salvador lasted only about a week after a bomb exploded outside my room at the Sheraton Hotel my first night in the capital. That explosion convinced me not to view the war in the countryside, but I heard some gruesome stories from co-workers. Since that visit, I have studied that war(from afar)and the questionable role the US government played in it.
I highly recommend Maria's Story.
This is an amazing documentary where women with men fought shoulder to shoulder the ultra-right wing Salvadorean terrorist troops, backed 100% by US government in the 80's. The Salvadorean FMLN militants were simply fighting for better wages, job opportunities and justice. This woman led a small group of Campesinos and decided to fight back for survival. If she would of stayed back in her humble house she would have been killed by the government troops or death squads trained by US military personnel. Great documentary to watch.
It more serves the purpose of showing what life is like for those resisting the military than it does in showing what the military has done and why the people are resisting. It's not really a spoiler to say this, but life on the run for them is actually rather mundane. There's occasional military attacks from the air, but it's mostly just walking around from place to place.
I was hoping for this DVD to do a better job documenting why she became a resistance fighter. She told her story about why, but there wasn't really any investigative journalism into the events in her life that caused her to become an activist. There wasn't any shocking video footage of the atrocities her family and towns suffered. I was really hoping this DVD would be something that I could show to friends to help them learn about the events in El Salvador, but I was disappointed.
This DVD seems to be a bit more propaganda rather than documentary. It is used more as an opportunity for her to make her political statements in her interviews, rather than for documenting the events that pushed the people into resisting.