FLY SO FAR
JUNE 20, 2022. 5:45 PM.
Instituto Cervantes New York
211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
ORIGINAL TITLE: Nuestra Libertad
DIRECTOR: Celina Escher
PRODUCER: Mónica Hernández Rejón
Date completed: 2021
Country: Sweden, El Salvador
Film Category: Documentary
Length of Film: 89 min
Imagine that you are pregnant. You are in your ninth month. You feel an intense pain. You faint. When you wake up you are at the hospital, surrounded by police officers. They accuse you of having killed your own baby. This is the story of Teodora Vásquez, the spokesperson of The Seventeen, the women accused of aggravated homicide in El Salvador because of having a miscarriage or a stillbirth.
Fly So Far follows Teodora and The Seventeen in their struggle to regain their freedom. Due to the criminalization of abortion, they have been sentenced up to 30 years in prison for having an obstetric emergency. Their testimonies and cases are evidence of the State’s violence against women, but also of collective resilience, solidarity and sisterhood.
Celina Escher is a Swiss-Salvadorean filmmaker. She studied documentary film at the International Film and Television
School in San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) in Cuba. Her filmography includes the short films Motriz (2017), Verde Olivo (2018), and Luz para Ellas (2018), which have screened at festivals around the world,. In March 2019 Celina was selected as one of the 50 new Latin American filmmakers at Talent Campus of Guadalajara International Film Festival in Mexico. Fly So Far is Celina’s first documentary feature film.