NOVELA, NOVELA, 2002

Novela
A 30-minute documentary about a group of Nicaraguan feminists who have fused human rights with popular culture to create Nicaragua’s most popular tele-novela (soap opera). The main characters of “The Sixth Sense”, Nicaragua’s only homegrown telenovela, aren’t rich kids, jocks, or beauty queens – they’re working-class teenagers who help each other deal with tough issues like homophobia, racism, and domestic violence. Novela,Novela examines how this ground-breaking series made it to broadcast, and how the creators, writers, actors and viewers grappled with representing domestic violence and homophobia in this impoverished country heavily influenced by the Catholic church.To order a copy contact, Frameline.org

Broadcast: Free Speech Television, Link TV. Project reviewed: BBC, NPR, and HBO Latino.

AWARDS:

Honorary Mention, International Association of Women in Radio & TV, 2003
Latin American Studies Association Award of Merit in Film, 2002
Women’s Rights Award, Media that Matters, 2002
Freedom Award, Outfest, Los Angeles Film Festival, 2002

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