Fly So Far

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Film Info
Country Listing:Sweden
El Salvador
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Persister
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Film Subjects:Crime & the Justice System
Latin American Cultures & Issues
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Celina Escher
Producer(s):Mónica Hernández Rejón
Maria Åkesson
Saúl Callejas
Impact Producer(s):Lourdes Gil Alvaradejo
Editor(s):Matteo Faccenda
Cinematography:Celina Escher
Guillermo Argueta
Kalle Jansson
Audun Fjeldheim
Christian Rivera
Fabricio Sibrián
Nils Bucher
Maria Åkesson
Camilo Henríquez
Sound:Enrique Pocasangre
Ángel Cortez
Jaime Perla
Animation:Louisa Wallström
Roland Seer


Persister: Women speaking up and being heard

In 2008, Teodora Vásquez was convicted of aggravated homicide and sentenced to 30 years in prison for having had a late-term miscarriage. Her widely publicized case was brought to El Salvador's highest court, where it became a symbol of the extremism in the criminalization of abortion and the cruelty directed towards women in the Salvadoran legal system. During this process, Teodora became a reluctant yet passionate spokesperson for the many women of the country similarly sentenced, giving a voice to those who had been silenced by the system, before finally being released after a 10-year battle. Digging deep into the regressive politics of the country, heavily influenced by religion and patriarchy, director Celina Escher also centres the stories of the women of El Salvador, as they share the pain and grief of losing a child, along with the hope and inspiration they take from Teodora’s success. A truly empowering story of resilience and solidarity, Fly So Far is an unforgettable portrait of a reluctant activist determined to speak up be heard, not only for herself but for all her sisters in the struggle against oppression. Darlene Naponse

Persister program presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada
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