Five female street vendors from El Salvador expose their lives in a theater workshop and relive their traumas of male violence with encouraging generosity. In their rehearsals they realize that they have educated their children without digesting the pain of the past. The cycle of violence is perverse, but the power of theater is stronger.
After forming a small company, they accept the challenge of performing a drama in which they play themselves to explain their life stories and experiences. Later, the group La Cachada Teatro surprises filmmaker Marlén Viñayo, who, astonished by the courage of these women to face their past and deepest secrets, decides to record how performing arts have changed their lives.
About direction (Marlén Viñayo)
Marlén Viñayo (León, Spain, 1987) graduated in 2011 in Audiovisual Communication from the Carlos III University of Madrid, and in 2012 she completed a Masters in Documentary Film and Society at ESCAC. In 2008 she started her professional career and she has worked since in various film, television and advertising production companies in Spain, USA and El Salvador, where she has held positions as director, producer and screenwriter. Among her work as a producer are TV documentaries Separated: Children at the Border (PBS Frontline), The Gang Crackdown (PBS Frontline) and Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero (Americas now, CCTV). She has directed the short documentary films Voces en el muro, Buenos maestros, y Dicen que and she was the writer of the advertising campaign Yo doy el rostro por ellas (UNFPA) and assistant director and director of photography in the documentary film La senyora que feia senyors, selected for several national and international festivals such as Miradocs Barcelona and États Généraux Du Film Documentaire (Lussas, France) and aired on TV3. She lives in El Salvador since 2013, where she founded the production company La Jaula Abierta, specializing in documentary productions. Cachada is her first documentary feature as a director.
Awards & Festivals
- Audience Award, SXSW – USA, 2019
- Latitud Award, DocsBarcelona – Spain, 2019
- CIMA Award to Best Filmmaker, Ourense Film Festival – Spain, 2019
- Heartland International Film Festival – USA, 2019
- Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival – Japan, 2019
- Festival de Cine de Lima – Peru, 2019
- AFI Latin American Film Festival –USA, 2019
- Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival – USA, 2019
- Festival de Cine Ciudad de México – Mexico, 2019
- Milwaukee Film Festival – USA, 2019
- FILMAR en América Latina Festival – Switzerland, 2019
- Göteborg Film Festival – Sweden, 2019