Exiled (2019 film)

Exiled (Spanish: Exiliada) is a 2019 Nicaraguan documentary film directed by Leonor Zúniga. The film features interviews with Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo, stepdaughter of the leader of the Sandinista Revolution and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. In 1998 she accused him of sexually abusing her as a child; almost twenty years later, she lives in exile in Costa Rica with her ten-year old son.[1][2][3] The film takes place during Ortega's electoral campaign, as he seeks reelection and reaching power for the fourth time,[4] and develops in two periods: the past, using archive footage when Zoilamérica made her accusation in 1998, and the present, in 2016, after being forced to live in exile.[1][2][3][5]

Exiled
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Film poster
SpanishExiliada
Directed byLeonor Zúniga
Written byLeonor Zúniga
StarringZoilamérica Ortega Murillo
Edited byLeonor Zúniga, José “Chisco” Arce
Production
company
Coproducción Nicaragua-Costa Rica
Distributed byCinema Regional
Release date
  • 2019 (2019)
Running time
24 minutes
CountryNicaragua
LanguageSpanish

ProductionEdit

Zúniga wrestled with making the film, as it risked the possibility that she would also have to go into exile.[6] Ultimately she shot the film in secret in Costa Rica, using a pseudonym to refer to Murillo during production.[6]

ReceptionEdit

The film was part of the Official Selection of the 2019 Hot Docs Festival.[7]

 
Leonor Zúniga, director of the film

In La Prensa, Cristiana Chamorro Barrios wrote that Zúniga “in a magical way, shows with art, there can be beauty in a dark tragedy. Her cameras manage to captivate us in a sordid story where the harshness of the events is told with the grace to get away from the morbid to give the victim dignity without revictimizing her.”[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Exiliada - Cinema". NUMAX (in Galician). Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Documental "Exiliada" ya puede verse en Nicaragua". Niú (in Spanish). 7 May 2020. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Exiliada". Filmin Latino. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Documental 'Exiliada', de Leonor Zúniga (Nicaragua)". Casa Amèrica Catalunya. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Proyección del documental 'Exiliada'". Andra.eus (in Spanish). 17 February 2020. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  6. ^ a b Escario, Inés. "Zúniga: Si hacía el filme sobre Zoilamérica yo también tendría que exiliarme". EFE (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 8 September 2021. Retrieved 8 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Exiliada". Cinema Regional. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  8. ^ Chamorro Barrios, Cristiana (23 October 2019). "Zoilamérica, la "exiliada"". La Prensa (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 24 October 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2021.

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