Full Length Feature Film
Synopsis: Hidden in the hills of Southern Costa Rica, the Ngäbe indigenous community is blowing on the last flames of an ancient civilization.For Doña Carmen, the fight to pass on traditional ways of life will take a threatening turn when she walks young Esmeralda to her first-blood ritual…..as Don Claudio, the respected elder, sets for a final mission to protect his tribe. Dangerous times for American youngster Feb to settle in the community with his candid anthropologist mother…For what first looked like a colorful vacation will plunge him at the center of a dark ceremony… A ceremony that will leave Carmen in tears as she watches the nightmare of her own life unfolding once again. A ceremony that will bring its victim to the Police and the culprit to Heaven.But was it a hideous crime or a noble battle for survival?
Director Biography: Dana Ziyasheva was born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 1972. She dreamed of becoming a writer and filmmaker. But in the Soviet Union of her childhood, opportunities for a middle-class Kazakh girl from the empire’s outskirts to make a career in cinema were virtually inexistent. Instead Dana graduated from Kazakh State University and became a TV journalist in the field covering police patrols as well as natural and political disasters.
In 1994, she used her fellowship at the Central European University in Prague, Czech Republic, to foray into Western Europe. No one, not even the Kazakh government, could believe it when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris offered her a position as the youngest and first-ever international civil servant from Kazakhstan. Despite initial disapproval from her own government, Dana spent the next 20 years working for the UN in Paris, in Iraq, in China and in Costa Rica. Between missions, negotiating with governments and implementation of international conventions and UN Plans of Action, she was involved in audiovisual projects with Central China TV and China Film Group.
For her first feature film “Defenders of Life” set in a rain forest of Costa Rica, she worked as a driver, make-up artist, set designer, costume supervisor as well as film director. She then edited the movie and supervised color-correction and sound mix while still working for the United Nations. The direct reference to adolescent pregnancies and violence against women catapulted the movie into the heart of social debates in Central America.
After the movie’s successful premiere in Costa Rica in 2015 and subsequent awards from around the world, Dana resigned from the United Nations and moved to Hollywood
||Genre: Feature Film
Country: Costa Rica