Fly So Far wins Activist Documentary Award

Fly So Far by director Celina Escher has won the Activist Documentary Award at the Movies that Matter Festival 2021.

The documentary is an inspiring portrait of Teodora del Carmen Vásquez from El Salvador. After her baby was born dead, she was convicted to thirty years imprisonment for aggravated homicide. In prison she finds out that she is not the only one. Together, the women decide to take a stand.

Fly So Far is available on demand until Saturday 24 April 20:00.

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Jury report

The jury was unanimous in its decision: “The main message of the film is the injustice done to women who are accused of ‘aggravated homicide’ in El Salvador for having had a miscarriage. In an era where worldwide the sexual and reproductive rights of women are under serious pressure Teodora’s case is a symbol of what happens to women when abortion is criminalized. This documentary shows that fighting human rights are not a luxury for the educated few but a universal necessity for people in less fortunate circumstances.”

The jury also praised the cinematic quality of the documentary: “The colours and cinematography were very impressive [and] the animations between the footage gave an extra dimension of the documentary. […] The filmmaker came very close to Teodora, showing how the women were survivors, not victims.”

The Activist jury consists of:

  • Cees Breederveld (Jury Chair) – vice-chair Amnesty International the Netherlands
  • Cara Mertes – project director Moving Image Strategies
  • Petra Stienen – senator for D66, delegation leader of the delegation of the Netherlands to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
  • Festus Toll – filmmaker
  • Shannon Service – reporter and filmmaker

The Activist programme is organized in collaboration with our main partner Amnesty International.

Read the whole jury report