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



Doll Lady Sketches

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.





Reparando Title

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.

Doll Lady

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. 







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Pre-production begins
Athentikos gathers volunteers and meets twice a week in the evenings after work to research the project.
Production launches in Guatemala
Athentikos travels to Guatemala with a team of 16 North Americans to capture footage and interview subjects.
Editing and visual narrative story development begins
Footage is edited and story is mapped with a visual metaphor to carry the story.
Athentikos returns to Guatemala to continue production
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Principle photography wraps
Everything has been captured and final editing begins.
Editing Finished
The film is complete and moves into marketing stage.
Reparando premieres at the Grand Rapids Film Festival
The film premieres at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Official US Screening Tour launches
Reparando is screened across North America.
Reparando premieres in Guatemala City
Reparando premieres to sold-out cinemas in Guatemala City.
Screening Tour Wraps
Reparando screening tour is complete.
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