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The Railroad All-Stars

Feature-length documentary film. 2006. Produced by Producciones Sin Un Duro and Telespan 2000.
Writer and director: Chema Rodríguez                                                  Trailer

Available on filmin


Valeria, Vilma, Mercy and their other workmates dream of being treated with respect and that the violence against them will end. They work as prostitutes in Guatemala, and their rate is two dollars per service. They work in “La Línea”, besides the railway line that cuts straight across Guatemala City and runs to the Pacific Ocean. In order to draw attention to their problems, the police harassment and the unpunished murders, they organize a football team and register for a local championship. But they are dismissed simply because they are prostitutes. This disqualification unleashed a heated controversy in the country, both rejection and support that changed their lives overnight. This is their story.

AWARDS

Second Audience Award, Berlinale Panorama 2006; Jury Special Mention, Official Section, Málaga Film Festival 2006; Sebastián Prize, San Sebastián International Film Festival 2006; First Prize at the Primavera Cinematográfica de Lorca 2006 (Lorca’s Cinema Spring); three ÍCARO Prizes as Best Central-American Film, Best Director and Best Editing 2006; Audience Award LAFF Utrecht 2007, as well as a dozen other awards at international film festivals all over the world. Participation at the Official Section of diverse festivals: Karlovy Vary, Hot docs-Toronto, Silver Docs-Washington, Montreal, Edimburgh, Warsaw, Hamburg, Chicago, Miami, Tokio…

 

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