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Maria's Story (1990)

Not Rated | | Documentary | September 1990 (USA)
It is El Salvador, 1989, three years before the end of a brutal civil war that took 75,000 lives. Wife, mother and guerrilla leader Maria Serrano is on the front lines of the battle for her... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alma Martinez ... Narrator (voice) (as Alma Martínez)
Edward James Olmos ... Narrator (voice)
María Serrano María Serrano ... Herself
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It is El Salvador, 1989, three years before the end of a brutal civil war that took 75,000 lives. Wife, mother and guerrilla leader Maria Serrano is on the front lines of the battle for her people and her country. With unprecedented access to the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) guerrilla camps, the filmmakers dramatically chronicle Maria's daily life in the war as she travels from village to village organizing the peasant population and helps plan a major nationwide offensive that led the FMLN into the historic peace pact of 1992. Skirting bullets and mortar attacks, recounting a childhood of poverty and abuse by government troops, suffering the tragic loss of her daughter to enemy fire and spending precious moments with her husband and surviving daughters, Maria brings viewers to the heart of the fight for a more just society.

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Documentary

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Not Rated
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USA

Language:

English

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September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Camino Film Projects See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Maria is real as are the atrocities
31 March 2007 | by riderofadventureSee all my reviews

I recently met Maria and visited many of the sites where civilians were murdered. The movie is not propaganda. The FMLN was made up of 5 parties, one of which was communist. One out of five. I do not believe in communism. Capitalism isn't perfect but it works. That's why we have the lives that we do in the US. But I do not believe in supporting governments who feel it is okay to exterminate those who do not support their views. Many of the "fighters" in the FMLN were poor civilians who had been suppressed and seen as dispensable by the government. If that wasn't enough, they also murdered nuns, priests, and a bishop. We're the United States of America. The most powerful country in the world and we're afraid of a communist take over? Again, only 1 out of the 5 parties was communist but some how that justified supporting a government with disregard for human rights. Sadly, most of the folks in the US will never leave its soil to see what it really is like in a 3rd world country. Till you have, you have no idea what it's like.


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