This is my Film Production II professor's student thesis film. Shot on 16mm in Mexico City, Mexico. Transferred to BetaCam master. Digitized and compressed for the web in FCS. Details below.

Juana's Journey
23 Min. 1999
Dir. Adele Schmidt [ Zeitgeistmedia.tv/portfolio.htm ]

Award of Excellence, Society for Visual Anthropology Chicago 1999

For years, Juana, who is 18 years old, was a drug addict who lived in a street gang in Mexico City. Her little 3-year old daughter suffers most under Juana's depressions, which repeatedly caused Juana to stay away from home for weeks at a time. In these periods she was occasionally found totally stoned by her father, with whom she has a difficult relationship. Not only was she beaten by him in her youth, but now he also thrashes her daughter. Juana loves her child with heart and soul, but for a long time she was unable to take care of her. Juana has found some hope at the NACE organization (Niños Anónimos Con Esperanza) Through Juana's testimony, the documentary weaves the director's concern: the relationship between mother and daughter in a hostile environment, with frustration and poverty, where there are no apparent solutions.

3rd Annual Short Film Festival, Mexico City
VIII International Documentary Encounter, Portugal
19th International New Latin American Film Festival, Cuba
4th International Independent Film Festival, Barcelona
XIII Mexican Film Festival, Guadalajara
13th International Documentary Film Festival, Munich
VII 'Message to Man' International Film Festival, St. Petersburg
IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Latin American Studies Association, selection September 2001

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