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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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Libero Bizzarri Award goes to Vida Loca

Vida Loca wins the 15th edition of the “Libero Bizzarri Award”.
This was the jury's motivation:
“For the author's courage. Facing dangerous circumstances, working on a low budget project, she was able to get the picture of a deep social degrade”.

Photo: the award ceremony

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Vida Loca awarded as Best Doc @ Sedicicorto

Vida Loca wins the Best Doc award of the fifth edition of Forlì International Film Festival – Sedicicorto.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Vida Loca @ Jihlava IDFF

Vida Loca has been selected among the documentaries that will participate to the 12th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. The event will take place in Jihlava (Czech Republic) from October 24th to October 29th 2008.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Vida Loca @ Premio Libero Bizzarri

Vida Loca has been selected amongst the 18 documentaries that will participate to the Libero Bizzarri Award. This important festival is organized by the Libero Bizzarri Foundation for the research on communication and cinema. The event will take place in San Benedetto del Tronto (AP – Italy), from October 10th to October 18th, 2008.
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