Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
This is a compelling docudrama of a failed attempt to help Geronima (played by Luisa Calcumil), a Mapuche woman in the state of Patagonia in Argentina. Geronima and her four children were managing to survive until a snowstorm killed off their animals. Soon a representative from the Ministry of Health takes the beleaguered family of five to stay at a hospital in a neighboring town. Unfortunately, Geronima is separated from her children at the hospital. The family had no defense against the germs there, and the mother became severely stressed when kept from her children. The result is disastrous. Actual tapes of conversations with the real Geronima in the mid-1970s are played off-screen, and alternate with the re-enactment of her story.