Casa Luz

A Film by Navina Khatib
and Alexandra Weltz

Synopsis

The documentary film “Casa Luz” gives an insight into the everyday life of Peruvian orphans. A life full of poverty, loss and grief – a path they did not choose – and yet they still manage to find their way.

A day of supervisor Luz Ayala Gonzales starts early and often ends after midnight. Everyday, she and the other social workers take care of 53 boys and girls aged 0-19 years.

The children’s home “Casa Luz” was founded by the Argentinean Mariela Clark in the late 1990s. It is located in Peru in the Andean city of Ayacucho, which was the center of civil war-like conflicts in the 1980s and 90s.

Director

  • Picture of Navina Khatib © Navina Khatib

    Navina Khatib

    Navina Khatib, 1979 in Marburg, MA in Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Sociology, dramaturge firstly became involved in film through her training in dramaturgy in 2002. In the following years she became actively engaged in various film festivals, such as the International Film Festival in Berlin. Navina Khatib studied and worked many years abroad, among others in Mexico City and San Francisco. She has been voluntarily supporting the orphanage ‘Casa Luz’ in Ayacucho / Peru since 2007.
    Navina Khatib lives and works in Berlin. She makes her film debut with "Casa Luz".

  • Picture of Alexandra Weltz © Alexandra Weltz

    Alexandra Weltz

    Alexandra Weltz, 1973, filmmaker. (MA of Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature and History at the HU/FU Berlin) Her credits as author and director include 2010 Arte cultural documentary "Marx reloaded" (co-director with Jason Barker), 2009 online series on the Junta trials in Argentina, 2008 educational documentary "Digital Handcraft. Conditions of Labour in Computer Industries", 2004 a portrait on Antonio Negri for Arte/ZDF (with Andreas Pichler) and 2001 the mockumentary „Fear of a Kanak Planet“ as well a number of cross-media projects. She lives and works in Berlin. www.parkafilm.de

Awards + Festivals

  • *SILVER PALM AWARD 2013*
    MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Event-Screening; Rosarito, Mexico)June 3, 2013
  • PUFF – PORTUGAL UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (New York, USA)September 6, 2013
  • PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (London, UK)September 12, 2013
  • FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Competition, Germany)October 2, 2013
  • WE THE PEOPLES FILM FESTIVAL (London, UK)November 22, 2013
  • 15th MADURAI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, India)December 6, 2013
  • 4th MANYA HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FETSIVAL 2013 (Int’l Competition, Uganda)December 10, 2013
  • *NOMINATED IN DESKTOP SCREENING*
    6th JAIPUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (India)February 1, 2014
  • 2nd CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014 (Official Selection, India)February 5, 2014
  • 17th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ZOOM – ZBLIŻENIA (Official Selection, Poland)February 18, 2014
  • 16th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greece)March 14, 2014
  • 15th MEDIMED – THE EUROMED DOCS MARKET & PITCHING FORUM (Official Selection, Sitges, Spain)October 17, 2014

Crew

Director
Screenplay
Producer
Editor
Sound-Design
Music

Details

Running Time
64
Shooting Format
panasonic gh-2/ avchd
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, .mov, HDCam, DigiBeta, HD

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

TOWANDA FILMS

info@towandafilms.org
www.towandafilms.org