Reparando is a labor of love. We met during the evenings after work for a year to research and develop the story and characters. Two stories stood out and we knew these would be the core of the film. Shorty is a former gang member and drug addict who is now a pastor who runs a rehab center. Tita is a former victim of abuse who started schools in Guatemala’s most dangerous slum community. These two anchor stories are woven together with the visual metaphor of a woman (the Doll Lady) who gives new life to discarded baby doll parts from the dump, cleaning & repairing them and selling them in the market.
A documentary on Guatemala’s struggle to repair itself and its people following a 36-year civil war. On the morning of June 18. 1954, the US CIA dropped leaflets in Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the president. Guatemala was ravaged by Civil War for the next 36 years. But hope is rising. In the midst of incredible odds, victims have been transformed into champions who willfully embrace the pain of their past to help repair the next generation. This is their story. Shorty – a former gang member who is now a pastor, and Tita – a woman who started a school in Guatemala’s most notorious slum have joined forces to repair La Limonada.
FORM: Documentary, Feature
GENRE: Drama, Reality, Social Issue, Biography
NICHE: Third World, Social Justice, Latino
RUNNING TIME: 70 Minutes
LANGUAGES: Spanish, English
SUBTITLES: English, Spanish
The film title, Reparando means “Repairing” in Spanish. The story portrays victims of the Guatemalan Civil war who are helping repair their country through acts of service and love. The theme is reinforced through visual mataphor of a woman sewing discarded baby doll parts back together. To visually depict this meaning in the title, we designed a rough stitch that blends into a bold type face.
Though she never speaks during the film, the Doll Lady carries the story from beginning to end as the visual metaphor. She finds discarded baby doll parts in the dump, cleans them, repairs them, and then sells them at the market, giving the dolls new lives.
Doll Lady Short Story
Though she never speaks during the film, the Doll Lady carries the story from beginning to end as the visual metaphor.