Re-enacting one’s experience: Yoseli is new in prison. She passes the security check with stoical calm, almost curiosity. She shuffles into her cell before heading out to smoke; with each cigarette she gives away it gets clearer: any “I” here, must become part of the “We”. Yoseli is sworn into a diverse group of cis and trans women, loose attachments forged in a constant stream of new sparring and bonding partnerships. They live boldly, with an awareness of their bodies: the ritualised force of the voguing battles in the yard, the enthusiasm of playing in the band, wonderful songs. Yoseli joins in, sings along, dances and becomes friends with Nacho, a trans man. Romance and love is threaded tenderly through the group’s temporary communality. The editing and direction weave everything together, while the performers ensure smooth transitions: the hybrid theatrical staging offers congenial forms for self-assertion. If Theatre of War (Forum 2018) emphasised the political, Lola Arias’s latest performative, empowerment re-enactments in Buenos Aires’ Casero prison turn on lust, celebration, energy, music, trance balance – and endless charm.


  • Runtime

    82 min
  • Country

    Argentina, Germany, Switzerland
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Lola Arias
  • Cast

    Yoseli Arias, Ignacio Amador Rodriguez, Estefy Harcastle, Carla Canteros, Noelia Perez, Paulita Asturayme, Laura Amato, Pato Aguirre, Cintia Aguirre, Julieta Fernandez, Silvana Gomez, Daniela Borda, Jade De la Cruz Romero, Betina Otaso
  • Production Company

    Gema Films, Sutor Kolonko, Mira Film
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Documentary Film

dates of presentation

    1. Delphi Filmpalast

      Kantstr. 12a
      10623 Berlin

    1. Cubix 7

      Rathausstraße 1
      10178 Berlin

    1. Arsenal Cinema 1

      Potsdamer Str. 2
      10785 Berlin

    1. Zoo Palast 2

      Hardenbergstraße 29A
      10623 Berlin

Biography Lola Arias

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She is a writer, theatre director, fine artist, musician and performer. She studied literature at Buenos Aires University and playwriting at Buenos Aires Metropolitan Conservatory. Her plays include My Life After, Familienbande, That Enemy Within, The Art of Making Money, Mother Tongue and the trilogy Striptease, Revolver Dream and Love is a Sniper. She has also made video installations and released music with collaborator Ulises Conti. Theatre of War, her first feature-length film, premiered at the Forum in 2018.

Filmography Lola Arias

2015 Veterans Installation; 5 Kurzfilme: The Swimmer, 9 Min., The Voice, 9 Min., The Sinking of the Belgrano, 11 Min., Last Day of War, 9 Min., The Diary of a Soldier, 50 Min. | 2018 Teatro de guerra (Theatre of War) | 2024 Reas