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SARIA explores the unimaginable hardships faced by young female orphans at the Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala, leading up to the tragic fire which claimed 41 of their lives in 2017. We follow the story of two inseparable orphaned sisters - Saria 12, and her sister Ximena 14, as they fight against mounting daily physical abuse at the very institution designed to protect them. In the sisters' desperation for survival, they devise a daring plan of escape for all the orphans to find freedom in America.
This short film was beautifully shocking in all of its entirety. It brings you into the world of these doomed young women every step of the way, right up to the tragic ending. I saw this film in a theatre and the scope of this horrific situation sat with everyone through the end credits and still has not left me. I hope justice finds these young souls that were taken too soon, and I'm happy filmmakers like Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre are bringing light to these situations.
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