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María

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Directed by -

Gisela Gorbalán - Florencia Bohtlingk Argentina

Synopsis | Bio

Gisela Gorbalan was born on January 8, 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a lesbian and feminist activist. She studied Film and Television Production at the CIC and took different courses in photography and film history with Gustavo Demaria Molinari and Gustavo Castagna. She completes her training with photography management courses at the CFP.
In 2001 he began working as a photography assistant. Since 2003 she works in the camera department, going through all the positions in film and advertising in production companies such as Altana, Landia, DobleA, Rebolución, Peluca, Red Creek, etc. she worked in productions in the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil.
In 2008 she emigrates to Europe and lives 3 years in Northern Ireland where she works as a camera assistant.
In 2011, she embarked on a roadtrip through South America with the “Ruteras Sudakas” project, where she met again with still photography. She ended up her trip in 2014 with an exhibition of the photos of this trip in the Exhibition Hall of Imbabura, Ecuador.
Since 2015, she works as a camerawoman and director for HBO, Channel 9 and other media projects.
In 2017 she made the photography direction of the documentary Colonos de la Flor.
In 2018 and 2019 she co-directed the documentary short “Maria”.
Today she lives in Buenos Aires, works in movies, advertising and TV.

María, a young Bolivian, mother of Made, a migrant woman who lives in Buenos Aires, is going to marry José. Marriage is the most important moment in the life of a Bolivian woman. As she prepares for the wedding, Maria does the day-to-day work in her mother's greenhouse, Rita. Her life passes on one side through the frenzy of the wedding, on the other, the calm and tedium of hours of watering countless flowers. She reflects on the machismo and conservative culture in which she grew up and her desire for change and to be a valued woman. Meanwhile, we see the customs of four generations of women. Coya's grandmother, who is visiting, Rita, her widowed mother who came as an adult, María, who came as a child, worked and grew up here, and her daughter Made, born in Argentina in the digital age

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