Soldier’s Woman
Mujer de soldado

Director: Patricia Wiesse Risso
Peru | 2020 | Spanish & Quechua with English subtitles | 83 min

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Magda Surichaqui Cóndor was a teenager when soldiers arrived in her small village in Manta, Huancavelica in 1984. Sent to root out members of the Shining Path, soldiers of the Peruvian army used their sweeping powers to rape and humiliate local women, leaving them shunned by their own communities, often with children in tow. Three decades later, Magda has joined a number of other women in bringing charges against their abusers. With stunning cinematography and respectful intimacy, Patricia Wiesse Risso accompanies Magda and her friends as they reminisce over their youth and their lives since, whilst they sit and chew coca leaves, peeling potatoes and spinning wool. Mujer de Soldado is a deeply moving picture of female solidarity that finally provides space for the dignity of these women’s experiences that has long been denied. – Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The documentary’s organic structure framed around the intimate spaces of the home and the remote mountainous setting therefore grants the viewer direct access to these formerly silenced narratives. In sum, Patricia Wiesse Risso carries an empowering message forward of justice from below as the women find their voices to tell their own stories while questioning the enduring notion of unspeakable violence in Peru today.” – Clorrie Yeomans and Danica Katich, LatinoLife

En el poblado de Manta ocurrieron hechos innombrables. Varias jóvenes tuvieron que huir de ahí y fueron despreciadas para siempre. Se les condenó sin que nadie les pregunte por qué lo hicieron. Treinta años después, Magda decide regresar para reencontrarse con su pasado, ahora que afronta un proceso judicial que puede restituirle la dignidad y el honor que su pueblo le ha negado. Se siente mirada, juzgada en este lugar congelado en el tiempo, hasta que llegan sus amigas a acompañarla y una y una tenue luminosidad surge de nuevo.

PATRICIA WIESSE RISSO is a Social Communicator who graduated from the University of Lima. She has worked in various NGOs and development projects, specializing in communication in rural areas, and has travelled extensively throughout Peru. She has more than thirty years of experience in the areas of video, television, radio and written journalism, training for journalists, project development, program evaluation, script production, article writing and television reporting on social issues, human, cultural and agricultural rights. She directed the documentary feature Todos Somos Estrellas (2017), which received two Honorable Mentions at the 21st Lima Film Festival and was the winning documentary feature at the 8th Cinesuyu Festival de Cine in Cusco. Mujer de Soldado is her second feature documentary.