Santera (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Cuba, Spain, Venezuela  |  
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In this Venezuelan-Spanish-Cuban drama, Spanish social worker Paula (Laura del Sol) travels to Venezuela to work in a women's prison. She sees that the women ignore one prisoner, Santera Soledad (Hirma Salcedo), who practices witchcraft. After Soledad is tortured by guards, Paula befriends her and soon learns about her spiritual father Eulogio (Victor Cuica), her family, and her past life at her jungle pueblo. Director Solveig Hoogesteijn attempted to capture the frenzy and mysticism of authentic jungle Santera dances and rituals.

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atrocity, friendship, prison, torture, witchcraft, woman