Draw for Change: We are Fire

17 Apr 2024 11:00
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Draw for Change: Somos Fuego

Draw for Change: We are Fire

Karen Vázquez Guadarrama

MX / BE
2023
Documentary
52’
OmU
Programme for Kids and Young Adults

Mexico is a country firmly in the grip of patriarchal violence. With around ten femicides every day, women in this Central American country face massive danger, while the number of people missing is nearly one hundred thousand. A macho culture, corruption and male power politics also pervade the work of the police and judiciary, resulting in only about five percent of cases actually being solved. Mar Maremoto, a young illustrator from Mexico City, engages in an unflagging, day-to-day feminist campaign with her drawings. Her graphic illustrations, which she shares on social media, express her anger, evoke a safe, egalitarian future and are a channel for her activist energy. The deeply grateful and galvanising reactions she receives from people on the street and online show just how powerful art can be. Affected women talk openly, share their stories, process their experiences, forge bonds and encourage each other. Draw for Change – We are Fire accompanies Mar Maremoto to demonstrations, squats and self-defence courses. The encounters with survivors and relatives of victims are profoundly moving. The film successfully confronts the unbearable in a way that allows it to be understood and dealt with in a positive way, partly through a flowing combination of documentary material and Mars’ animated graphics. Mars’ hope for a better future, and her willingness to fight for it, is extremely strong: »I am a seed trying to sprout in forbidden ground. Drawing is my battlefield.«

Recommended age: 16+

In cooperation with doxs! dokumentarfilme für kinder und jugendliche

Director/Book

Karen Vázquez Guadarrama

Cinematography

Rosa Hadit Hernández Meneses

Animation

Mar Maremoto, Elodie Chisogne, Hector De Gevigney, Sophie Fortemps, Charline Joly, Anaïs Peignier

Editing

Dieter Diependaele

Sound

Edith Herregods

Sounddesign

Ingrid Simon

Music

Catherine Kontz

With

Mariana Lorenzo »Maremoto«, Sayra Rendón, Angélica Guadalupe Estevez Ramírez, David de Jesús Chavero Arias, Génesis Estevez Ramírez, Karla Samantha Chavero Estevez, Adriana Contreras Sedano

Production

Hanne Phlypo, Estelle Robin You, Marion Guth, François Le Gall

Coproduktion

Arte, VRT, RTBF Belgian Television, Shelter Prod

Contact

Autlook Filmsales

Portrait of Karen Vázquez Guadarrama

Karen Vázquez Guadarrama

Karen Vázquez Guadarrama was born in Mexico City and studied film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. Her short films, documentaries and feature films have been shown at various leading international film festivals. Through her films, she looks into everyday events with a keen eye for emotion and minute details. She won the prestigious Camerimage award for best documentary film in 2018. As part of the Draw for Change series, Vázquez Guadarrama directed We are Fire and was cinematographer for the Egyptian episode.


Films by Karen Vázquez Guadarrama
When the Bull Cried 2017 | Flor de Mil Colores 2016 | Mont d’Or 2013

17 Apr 2024 11:00
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18 Apr 2024 09:00
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