Drugs, jail, death. Three dots tattooed on the skin.
The only three alternatives for the pandilleros, the kids of the Latin American street gangs.

The two most violent gangs are the Mara Salvatrucha 13 and the Barrio 18. These are rapidly expanding criminal transnational organizations, now found all over the world. The MS13 and XV3 are similar but different, bound together in an insane rivalry, fighting in suburbs from El Salvador to Los Angeles.

Young boys are recruited as teenagers and thrown into bloody fights for slums control. They are drug dealers, drug addicts, they steal and kill, while most of them aren’t even 20 years old. Forgotten by everyone, hunted by police, they live the "Vida Loca", an insane life hanging between lawlessness and death.

This is a journey inside and outside their world to try to understand these “notorious” teenagers.

A documentary by Stefania Andreotti (Aplysia, 2007).



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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Vida Loca passes the first selections!

Between June and July 2008, Vida Loca will participate to 3 big International Film Festivals. These are the names of the competitions and the screening dates:

16° Festival Internazionale di Cortometraggi e Nuove Immagini
06.13.2008, h 08:30 p.m.
06.18.2008, h 10:30 p.m.
Multisala Intrastevere - Vicolo Moroni 3A, Roma

A corto di donne
IV Rassegna di cortometraggi al femminile
06.27,2008 h 05.00 p.m. (free admittance)
Multisala Sofia – Via Carlo Rosini 12, Pozzuoli (NA)

16th Slovak International Film Festival
Trencianske Teplice / Trencin
From 06.27.2008
To 07.06.2008
(programme soon available)

For more information please visit the Festivals' websites.