Fatima, Dominga’s sister, recently received a new house in the new housing development in the Chureca. These houses were built to relocate the Churequeros. Authorities have also been building a new recycling plant to give the waste pickers a new job. El Nuevo Diario recently reported that some people of the Chureca have been left behind. They say they have not received a home nor a job. Despite living most of her life in the Chureca, doña Isabel has not been offered a house, because she did not live inside the perimeter of the dump anymore. Her son and daughter keep working in the Chureca. Same thing for Maryuri’s family, who lives outside the Chureca and who did not receive a house. The challenges in the Chureca remain huge. The last time we saw Alba Rosa, Maryuri’s mother, she was suffering from an eye infection.
Here is the poster of By My Side [A Mi Lado] designed by Fabio Cutro and updated festival selections and awards. We hope 2013 will be even better than 2012 for the film. Thank you all for your support!
Watch the trailer of By My Side [A Mi Lado], the award-winning documentary about 3 young women living in the dump of Managua. ©Jean-Cosme Delaloye, 2012
By My Side [A Mi Lado] is documenting the life of 3 women of the Chureca. But they are people in the landfill of Managua, who are trying to help these women find a way out. As we were shooting the film, we witnessed the work of Earth Education Project, a great UK charity. Fatima, Dominga’s sister, was making colorful greeting cards at home. She is part of this project launched by Andrea Paltzer to help the young women like Dominga, Fabiola and Maryuri.
The goal is to sell these greeting cards abroad and help the women out with the money raised, while empowering them. In the Fall, we teamed up with Earth Education Project. The women of the Chureca were asked to draw what “by my side” meant to them. You will find of their works below. We hope you will check out Earth Education Project’s website and support this important work to help transform the lives of the women of the Chureca. We wish you a Happy New Year! The Angel’s wings by Fatima Aragon Gladys Silvia Maricela
For the last day of 2012, we would like to share with you a drawing made by Fatima Aragon, Dominga’s sister. It is called “The Angel’s wings”. It is a drawing she made as part of the Earth Education Project. This UK charity helps women of the Chureca by selling their greeting cards. Fatima and other women from the project were asked to draw what “by my side” meant to them. Please check out the charity website and support this great cause!
Story on By My Side [A Mi Lado] in Le Nouvelliste and L’Express in Switzerland - Nota sobre A Mi lado en Le Nouvelliste y L’Express en Suiza.
This is great news for By My Side! The film is part of the official selection of the Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine in France, a major European festival for films from Latin America. If you are in Biarritz next week, don’t miss the opportunity to discover amazing feature films and documentaries. By My Side will screen at 9:00 am on September 25 at the cinema Casino in Biarritz. You can download their catalogue here: catalogue_2012
By My Side has been selected to compete at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival / 12 this month. The film will screen on Friday September 21 at 1:00 pm at MovieTowne in Port of Spain and on September 30 at 3:00 pm at Little Carib Theatre in Port of Spain as well. We hope you can join us there!
Luisa Dominga Aragon Morales (center), one of the main participants of By My Side [A Mi Lado], with Nicolas Garcia (director of photography of the film) and his daughter Valentina (left). Dominga is holding the certificate awarded to the film by the jury of the Festival Icaro Nicaragua 2012. By My Side [A Mi Lado] will compete in November at the Icaro Film Festival in Nicaragua.
Photo: Mayra Corrales