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A Mi Lado (By My Side)


Some mothers put their children first. Some don’t. To survive in the trash of the Chureca, Nicaragua’s largest dump, three young women will have to determine whether their mothers are their best allies or unexpected foes. Dominga, 25 year-old glue addict, has terminal Aids. Eleven year-old Fabiola is caught in a struggle between loyalty to her mother and a group of evangelical Christians fighting for her to join a youth center far from the dump. At 19, Maryuri has ongoing health problems and is at risk of losing the second child she is expecting in the Chureca.


  • This is a disturbing, melancholic look at one family struggling to survive in the face of considerable socioeconomic obstacles. Recommended.
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Festival Participation

  • Icaro Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • Havana Film Festival
  • Biarritz Amerique latine
  • Filmar - Latin America Film Festival
  • Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
  • International Documentary Festival of Kerala
  • Costa Rica Festival Internacional de Cine

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