Two upcoming documentaries will feature life in El Salvador, up close and personal.
The first is Las Chulas. From the website of the film maker Rattle Can Films:
Las Chulas is a character-driven documentary about coming of age and finding a place in post-Civil War El Salvador. The story follows the lives of three unique young girls; Maria, Yoselin, and Erika, as they face the challenges of growing up in a country rife with gang violence, drugs, and poverty. Living in a small beach community, the girls discover surfing and with it, a newfound sense of their own potential and the possibilities of a life beyond the everyday despair that threatens to smother them.
Second is La Vida Loca, a film by Christian Poveda. From this film's website:
Filmed in close-up using a hand-held camera, this will be La vida Loca, the crazy life, as the pandilleros say. For a year, the camera will focus on daily life in a base cell of one of the gigantic maras, the la Campanera MS-18 clique, composed of fifty or so engaging adolescents and young adults with an average age of 16 - 18. This clica is run as a kind of egalitarian community, a sort of self-proclaimed brotherhood of outsiders, half street-kids, half child soldiers. In the background, the film will faithfully chronicle the hopes and fears of the inhabitants of this new tropical suburb of Los Angeles, the periphery of San Salvador. Twenty years after a revolutionary war that devastated the nation, a new civil war, just as terrible, is pitting the poor against the poor. A "perfect crime of globalisation", as the philosopher Jean Baudrillard would say.
Although neither documentary is out in public release, their respective websites have long trailers, as well as photos, synopses and more.