The precocious & brief life of Sabina Rivas

The precocious & brief life of Sabina Rivas

Original title: La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas
Production: Churchill y Toledo; Fondo de Inversión y Estímulos al Cine (FIDECINE); Gobierno del Estado de Chiapas; Eficine 226; EFD
Country: Mexico
Director: Luis Mandoki
Script: Diana Cardozo
Photography: Damian Garcia
Music: Alejandro Castaños
Year: 2012
Duration: 116
Genre: Drama
Color: Color
Original language: Spanish
Languages available: Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish; English
Keywords: Based on a true story, basado en hechos reales
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In the Mexican-Guatemalan border, the young lovers still teenagers, Sabina and Jovany both Hondurans, accidentally meet again after some years without seeing each other. She plans to get to the United States and dreams about being a great singer; he commits all the required atrocities to be accepted by the gang: la Mara Salvatrucha. Sabina and Jovany faced with the most adverse conditions at the border like white slavery, the Mexican and American migratory agents Burrona and Patrick, the brothel matron Doña Lita, Don Nico the Mexican Consul in Tecún Umán, the drug trafficking networks, the army and la Mara Salvatrucha.

Based on the novel "La Mara", de Rafael Ramírez Heredia.

Warning: This movie may contain violence and nudity scenes. Viewer discretion is advised.


 Winner of 3 Silver Ariel, at the Ariel Awards, Mexico, 2013: Best Supporting Actress (Angelina Peláez); Best Art Direction (Antonio Muño-Hierro); and, Best Special Effects (Adrián Durán)

Nominated for 8 Silver Ariel, at the Ariel Awards, Mexico, 2013: Best Direction (Luis Mandoki); Best Cinematography (Damian Garcia); Best Sound (Fernando Cámara, Martín Hernández); Best Actress (Greisy Mena); Best Score (Alejandro Castaños); Best Costume Design (Adela Cortázar); Best Make-Up (Carla Tinoco, Alfredo Garcia); Best Screenplay (Diana Cardozo)

Winner of the Audience Award, at the Lleida Latin-American Film Festival 2013

Winner at the Valladolid International Film Festival 2012: Best actress (Greisy Mena)

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