Paulina (1997)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Gender Issues, Social History  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Canada, Mexico, USA  |  
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Paulina Cruz Suarez, raised near Veracruz in the village of Puntilla, was raped at age 8 by Puntilla's mayor. Her impoverished parents saw his interest in her not as evil but as a barter for material gain. Although the mayor had two wives, Suarez was held against her will for two years before she managed to escape to Mexico City where she worked as a maid and gave birth during her 20s to her daughter Rose Marie. U.S. filmmaker Vicky Funari, whose family once employed Suarez as a housekeeper, returned to Mexico to shoot 16mm documentary scenes, intercut with contrived re-creations of key events in Suarez's life. Shown at the 1998 Guadalajara Film Festival.

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child-labor, escape, family, family-abandonment, fight, Mexico, ostracism, rape, sexual-slavery