Christian Poveda Tribute: Screening – La Vida Loca
Christian Poveda was killed on September 2nd 2009 in the suburbs of San Salvador.
He paid for his life with an exceptional investigation in the heart of the "Mara 18", one of Latin America’s most violent gangs. Far from any form of sensationalism, La Vida Loca is steeped with humanity, it probes the depths of hate and despair of people who have never had anything.
This uncompromising cinema-verite is true to the author’s profoundly humanist convictions.
In Central America, they are called "Maras", these groups of youngsters who have modeled themselves on the Los Angeles youth gangs. They are extremely violent and are propagating terror in El Salvador and elsewhere. This is a study, through photography and the personal stories of these gang members, of a violent phenomenon that has been imported from the USA.
Director : Christian POVEDA
Producer : Carole Solive (La Femme Endormie), Luis Bellaba (Aquelarre), Emilio Maillé & Gustavo Angel (El Caiman)
To read Nick Fraser’s obituary for Christian Poveda please click here
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.
1981: REVOLUCION O MUERTE
1982: DES ELECTIONS POUR UN PUTCH
1987: LES GUERRIERS DE L’OMBRE (Shadow Warriors)
1988: IN THE HEART OF ANGKOR
1995: MOM TV
1995: LEVE TA GARDE, MON HOMME !
1996: ON NE TUE PAS QUE LE TEMPS (We don’t only kill time)
1998: VOYAGE AU BOUT DE LA DROITE (Journey to the Extreme Right)
1999: AU NOM DU FILS (In the Name of the Son)
1999: BLOOD & GLORY
2000: LES BANNIS (The Banished)
2000: UN TOUR DE PASSE PASSE
2004: VELVET STRIPTEASE
2008: LA VIDA LOCA