In this heart-rending yet eerily poetic debut from Laura Baumeister — the first feature narrative directed by a Nicaraguan female filmmaker — the bond between an 11-year-old girl and her mother is tested.
11-year-old Maria lives with her mother Lilibeth at the edge of a garbage dump in Nicaragua. Their future depends on selling a litter of purebred puppies to a local thug. When the deal falls through, Lilibeth must go to the city and drops Maria off at a recycling center where she must stay and work. But days pass and she doesn’t return. Maria feels lost, bewildered and angry. One night, Maria meets Tadeo, an imaginative new friend who is determined to help her to reunite with her mother.
All in all, Daughter of Rage shows us the power of children to deal with the reality of the world they were born in, using imagination as a tool for resilience.