PREMISE AND PURPOSE
The project is about an uncontrolled violence among teenagers and young people on streets of Guatemala. And the main idea was to attract attention to the critical social situation among young generation who had to join criminal bands in order to survive. Over 200.000 young people in Guatemala belong to a gang today. Fights among gangs over territory control happen on regular basis. 18 murders per day is a terrible statistic characterizing Guatemala today as one of the most violent and unsafe counties in the world.
The project's core is a young women Alma who at the age of fifteen became a member of one of the most brutal gangs in Guatemala. Alma participated in all violent affairs of the gang even when she didn't want. She explained that as soon you in band, you are not belong to yourself, you belong to a gang.
"Alma, a tale of violence" is non-fiction project based on a tragic story of a real woman. Alma spent five years within the criminal bang, participated in murders and brutality, was arrested and jailed to prison but was able to leave the gang. Now she confesses on what she did in the gang and was she had to go through.
The project has a serious social purpose of informing the world about crucial criminal situation in Guatemala and problems which teenagers and young people have to face and go through, sometimes by giving their lives. Living in good conditions most people can hardly image such a situation in a size of a country. Such people as Alma had to speak up.