HOW DOES A NATIVE WOMAN CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS AT THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY?

Prudencia is the story of a female heroine trailblazer far ahead of her time. Born in sheer  poverty  in  El  Salvador  in 1885, a descendant from the Nahuapipiles indigenous community, she only attended  school for two  years and yet, wrote poetry, newspaper articles, published several books, and directed a magazine. She dressed like a man, used an elegant cane, and stormed into public debate by presenting a courageous  legal petition to be  admitted as a candidate to the presidency…  In a country where women weren’t even allowed to vote.

Although little factual information can be found about her life, we plan to develop the storyline based on the historical highlights of her life.  The film will explore the journey of circumstances that could  have  infused  that  power  and  unstoppable  conviction  in  a  young woman living one hundred years ago, in a country where even today it is a  monumental  struggle  to  gain  equal  rights  for  women, and  where indigenous  communities  have  been  persecuted  since the Spanish colonization.

Ironically, I am a descendant of those coffee plantation owners at the time of Prudencia’s youth, and my great grand aunt Eva Alcaine, was married to Thomas Palomo, who would have run for president at the time against Prudencia.

I am excited to explore the cultural dichotomies of politics, race, class and status, so often seen in the history of South American countries. Even though this government was a “democracy,” the rights of women and minorities were not even a consideration.

How does a native woman growing up during these times stand up to society to fight for the rights of women and the needs of those ignored by society? 

 

 

Co-Produced by Pollination Pictures

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