Plaza de la Soledad

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Inviting us into a world we would otherwise never know, this richly textured portraiture jumps off the screen in vibrant, clarifying colors. Carmen, Lety, Raquel, and Esther​, each ranging in age from 50 to 80 years old,​ ​​work the streets of La Merced in Mexico City, where life revolves around a large town plaza. Age means nothing to these women, who still dance and seduce with the same energy they’ve held on to since youth. But with time comes a desire to seek out companionship and security, whether in the form of their fellow co-workers, older men, or their own deeply ​ingrained sense of self-reliance.

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Maya Goded refuses to shy away from the painful aspects of these women’s jobs—the abuse, fear, and discontent that come from years of selling intimacy​. She leads us into​ their histories, families, superstitions, and hopes, while allowing the camera to hone in on the contours of their well-worn bodies—beautiful and real.​ Plaza de la Soledad is a sumptuous ​visual celebration ​and ​a ​refreshingly honest ​exploration​ of physical and emotional ​self-determination against difficult odds.

YEAR 2016

SECTION World Doc

COUNTRY Mexico

RUN TIME 84 min

LANGUAGE Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY La Sombra del Guayabo

EMAIL marsoe@me.com

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Artist Bio

Maya Goded

Through her photographs and now through film, Maya Goded explores female sexuality, prostitution, and gender violence in a society where the role of women is narrowly defined, and femininity is shrouded in myths of chastity, fragility, and motherhood. Her constant questioning of preconceived ideas gives insight into little-known realities, and her gift for celebrating otherness and a humanity that transcends social barriers have won Goded numerous international awards and grants.