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La Vida Loca: Locked to the Streets - Life of the Maras
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In Central America they are referred to as the maras: modelling themselves on Los Angeles youth gangs, these groups are now spreading terror in El Salvador and further afield. A childhood at once terrifying and hateful but strangely captivating which typifies the disintegration of family life within Salvadorian society and the despair in which they have grown up. La Vida Loca is what life is really about over there :youths who suffer; who defy us; who look down on us; who resent and dislike us. Though this vision of evil stirs up our fears and provokes nightmares, I also hope it shall invoke compassion and cause us to question our notion of the world. And so, like cornered dogs, this lost generation responds with pessimism, revolt and death. A total lack of communication! La Vida Loca is a documentary about absolute human solitude.
About the Director
Photographer and Documentary Filmmaker, Christian Poveda s political involvement during the Vietnam War in the 1970 s allowed him to experience the power of images, and the influence they can have over certain events. This is what made him want to work in photojournalism and documentary filmmaking. His entire filmography is dedicated to extraordinary political and social situations. His filmography includes over 15 documentaries that have been presented at some of the most prestigious festivals and TV markets worldwide. Christian Poveda was shot to death in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador on September 2, 2009