In a small island of Lake Victoria, Kenya, fishermen believe that they are entitled to everything. Meanwhile, women and girls are forced to carry the weight of their silence. In a close journey through her childhood memories, a young woman decides to tell her story to lighten her burden and find hope…
“Su historia podría ser la de muchas.
La de tantas otras”.
“Un relato emocionante, valiente y de una potencia abrumadora”.
“Imposible no emocionarse con este cortometraje de denuncia. Pero, como hace su joven protagonista, hay que mirar siempre hacia al futuro, por si podemos cambiar las cosas entre todos”.
Pere Vall
“Una pieza de gran valor como corto de denuncia, siendo a la vez una obra de una belleza apabullante”.
Pep Armengol Farré | Ràdio Desvern, Cinema Sense Condicions
Un corto deslumbrante y magnífico, y al mismo tiempo duro y desolador“.
Joan Vilà | TVE. Punts de vista
“14 minutos que quitan el aliento”.

Fishing is the only real job in the island.

VER CLIP PROMOCIONAL

Fishermen from different areas come to the lake to make a living.

PREMIOS / AWARDS / SARIAK

  • Alma Award – Festival de Cine de Barcelona MECAL
  • Mundukide Saria – Huhezinema Jaialdia
  • Mejor Mini-Doc – POY Latam, EEUU
  • Mejor Cortometraje Documental Internacional – AQP Audiovisual y Cine Festival, Perú

 

FESTIVALES / FESTIVALS / ZINEMALDIAK

  • Queens World Film Festival – EEUU, 2021
  • Leiria Film Fest – Portugal, 2021
  • Athens Short Film Festival Psarokokalo AISFF – Grecia, 2021
  • Raíces de Europa REIFF – España, 2021
  • One Country One Film Apchat Festival – Francia, 2021
  • Barnes Film Festival – UK, 2021
  • Huhezinema Jaialdia – España, 2021
  • Florida Film Festival – EEUU, 2021
  • Akbank Short Film Festival 2021 – Turquía, 2021
  • Festival de Cine de Barcelona MECAL – España, 2021
  • Certamen Cortos Torretes Calella Festimatge – España, 2021
  • European Film Festival of Lille – Francia, 2021
  • Internationale Grenzland – Filmtage – Alemania, 2021
  • POY Latam – EEUU, 2021
  • AmDocs – American Documentary and Animation Film Festival – EEUU, 2021
  • Premios Goya 2021 – España, 2021
  • AQP Audiovisual y Cine Festival – Perú, 2020
  • Festival Pilas en Corto – España, 2020
  • Certamen Int. de Cortometrajes Ciudad de Soria – España, 2020
    (Spanish Premiere, November 2020)
  • EnergaCamerimage Film Festival – Polonia
    (International Premiere, November 2020)

As the island rests, an imaginary fishermen’s city emerges from the darkness of the lake.

It all began with a picture. I remember the first time I saw, in the middle of the darkness and floating on the horizon of the Lake Victoria, in Kenya, an imaginary city formed by the lights that fishermen used to fish. It seemed a world apart, a magical place, and I felt profoundly attracted to it. But as I was going into that world, the magic started to disappear and a bleak reality began to emerge.

The picture was taken from a small island with one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world, around 30% of its population, and the fishermen who came from different places to make a living merely exacerbated the situation. Fishing was the only real job on the island and, economically, women were completely dependent on men. With money, they thought they were entitled to everything, and they only drank alcohol and cheated and raped women and girls. They didn’t even care about the age.

The complete silence around this reality was disheartening. We spoke with dozens of girls and women of different ages. Some of them told us their story; others, just without saying anything, they said everything. It was hard to see how the cultural traditions and the lack of affection and protection towards daughters in the families forced many of them to fear telling what happened to them, even to their parents. The stigma was there, and this law of silence put the blame on the girls, condemning them forever to live dead in life.

F.A.A. (initials to maintain her anonymity) was one of them. With emotions running high, she told us how her life ended when, as a girl child, she was raped and couldn’t tell what happened to nobody. Listening to her was the most powerful and emotional experience of the journey. We were captivated by her sensitivity and her ability to turn emotions into words, as if she had never stopped thinking about what happened. She was the one who really made us understand what girls and women really felt on the island.

In that moment we realized that the HIV/AIDS and poverty rates, the name of the island and even the real name of F.A.A. went into the background. We had to immerse the viewer in her inner world, create an emotional bond with her, and make the viewer discover through her eyes the reality behind the lights in the night on the Lake Victoria. In the end, even if it seemed so, we weren’t in another world, and besides the physical distance between the facts and their own cruelty, the silence that kills women and girls is the same in the whole world.”

With money, fishermen believe that they are entitled to everything.

- Crítica -

Informativo / RTVE

Entrevista por Joan Vilá

La Muga / Navarra Televisión

Entrevista por Joan Vilá

- Prensa escrita / Medios digitales -

Mew Magazine

Crítica

Moobys.es

Crítica

Cinematismo

Crítica

- Radio -

Cinco continentes / RNE radio 5

Entrevista realizada por María Eulate

África Hoy / RNE radio exterior

Entrevista realizada por Mavi Aldana

Radio Africanía

Entrevista realizada por Rafael Sánchez

Directed by
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA
Written by
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA
NAZARETH TORRES

Based on the story of
F.A.A.
Executive producer
VISUAL COMUNICACIÓN
Producer
IÑIGO RUIZ AQUERRETA
Assistant director and live sound
NAZARETH TORRES
Cinematography and Editing
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA
Music
MIKEL SALAS
Voices
SELVA BARÓN
MAITE ITOIZ

Sound design
DANEL CIAURRIZ
Narration
CHRISTINE NDUTA
Production assistant
IÑIGO ZUBERO
ANDER BARINAGA-REMENTERIA

Color grading
AXEL O’MILL
Titles
NATXO LEUZA
Design
MAITE MUTUBERRIA
Distribution
SELECTED FILMS

Zuzendaritza
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA

Gidoia
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA
NAZARETH TORRES

Based on the story of
F.A.A.

Produkzio ejekutiboa
VISUAL COMUNICACIÓN

Produkzioa
IÑIGO RUIZ AQUERRETA

Zuzendari laguntzailea eta soinua
NAZARETH TORRES

Argazki zuzendaria eta muntaketa
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA

Musika
MIKEL SALAS

Ahotsak
SELVA BARÓN
MAITE ITOIZ

Soinu diseinua
DANEL CIAURRIZ

Narratzailea
CHRISTINE NDUTA

Produkzio laguntzaileak
IÑIGO ZUBERO
ANDER BARINAGA-REMENTERIA

Irudi postprodukzioa
AXEL O’MILL

Grafismoa
NATXO LEUZA

Diseinua
MAITE MUTUBERRIA

Distribuzioa
SELECTED FILMS

Dirección
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA
Guión
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA
NAZARETH TORRES

Basado en la historia real de
F.A.A.
Producción ejecutiva
VISUAL COMUNICACIÓN
Producción
IÑIGO RUIZ AQUERRETA
Ayudante de dirección y Sonido directo
NAZARETH TORRES
Dirección de fotografía y Edición
IKER ESTEIBARLANDA
Música
MIKEL SALAS
Voces
SELVA BARÓN
MAITE ITOIZ

Diseño de sonido
DANEL CIAURRIZ
Narración
CHRISTINE NDUTA
Ayudante de producción
IÑIGO ZUBERO
ANDER BARINAGA-REMENTERIA

Color
AXEL O’MILL
Grafismo y créditos
NATXO LEUZA
Diseño
MAITE MUTUBERRIA
Distribución
SELECTED FILMS

Title BEFORE I DIE
Year 2020
Genre DOCUMENTARY
Lenght 14 min
Format DCP 4K SCOPE 2.39
Sound 5.1
Subtitles CASTELLANO, ENGLISH, FRANÇAIS, ITALIANO, EUSKERA

Izenburua BEFORE I DIE / NI HIL BAINO LEHEN

Produkzio urtea 2020

Generoa DOKUMENTALA

Iraupena 14 min

Formatua DCP 4K SCOPE 2.39

Soinua 5.1

Azpitituluak CASTELLANO, ENGLISH, FRANÇAIS, ITALIANO, EUSKERA

Título BEFORE I DIE / ANTES DE MI MUERTE

Año de producción 2020

Género DOCUMENTAL

Duración 14 min

Formato DCP 4K SCOPE 2.39

Sonido 5.1

Subtítulos CASTELLANO, ENGLISH, FRANÇAIS, ITALIANO, EUSKERA