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Glue

 

How do you portray drug addiction in a film? This is one of the difficult questions we had to answer as we followed Luisa Dominga in the Chureca. Sniffing glue was part of her daily routine. She would usually spend 5 cordobas (20 cents) per day to buy the glue …

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Hola Mariachi!

 

Dominga, one of the main participants of By My Side, loves mariachi music. When I first interviewed her, she told me she would love to have mariachi playing for her when she would pass away, so that nobody would cry. Dominga has terminal Aids and it was clear to me …

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Flying over the Chureca

 

Shooting By My Side was often demanding but there were very fun moments. The shoot of aerial images of the Chureca, was one of them. We first had to find the small airport in the middle of the Nicaraguan countryside. Then we had to wait for a plane that never …

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El Callejón de la Muerte – The Death Lane

 

Dominga has been homeless all her life. Before living in the Chureca, she hung out with youth gangs in the largest market of Managua. In the Nicaraguan capital, everybody knows el "Callejón de la Muerte", a lane next to one of the busiest intersections of the market, that belongs to …

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Talking about By My Side

 

Thursday June 28th, 2012, was a special day. It was the first time I spoke publicly about my documentary By My Side. The event took place at SBM Gallery in New York and I was talking with Timothy Bouldry, a photographer who has spent a lot of time in the …

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From Razor Wire Rodeo to By My Side

 

As I was working on this blog recently, I found out that Razor Wire Rodeo, the film I co-produced with Swiss director Nicolas Pallay, was now being broadcast on hulu.com. If you live in the States, you can watch it here: Jerry Brown, the main participant of Razor Wire Rodeo, …

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Half British flag in the Chureca

You can see surprising things in the Chureca. Like this man holding a half British flag. You can't help wondering how this flag ended up in a dump in Nicaragua and why this man chose to walk through the Chureca holding it like that. We saw him as we were …

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World Environment Day

Today people around the world celebrate the UN World Environment Day or "Dia del media ambiente" as it known in Spanish. For our team at By My Side, this is a special day because we did this film to raise awareness on the situation in one of the largest landfills …

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Faces of the Chureca

On this blog, we will show you the faces of a lot of Churequeros in the next few months. Today, another unknown child in the mud of the dump. It has been raining a lot in Managua lately and the mud is what the Churequeros - young and old - …

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Dead fetus

You see a lot of things in La Chureca. Virtually everything gets dumped there: syringes, packs of blood, dead horses. Some days it stinks, some days it's muddy, some days it's full of smoke. You never know what to expect, when you drive down the road that leads into the dump …

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