Cuerpos Vivos (Living Bodies)

According to the Honduran Public Ministry, during the 2020 pandemic, there were over 100,000 calls to 911 from women reporting instances of domestic violence. Shockingly, fewer than 30% of these distress calls received attention from the authorities. “Living Bodies” is a documentary that paints a picture of a society drowning in apathy and silence.

Through the lens of the camera, the film takes us on a visual journey through a typical day in the city. It captures glimpses of windows, streets, balconies, apartments, buildings, and homes. As these fragments of urban life unfold, we’re accompanied by the heartbreaking phone calls of women reaching out for help to 911.

Simultaneously, we’re presented with a mosaic of bodies of varying ages, featuring shoulders, elbows, moles, gray hair, wrinkles, and scars. Amidst this imagery, we hear the testimony of Amara, a 22-year-old Honduran woman who endured violence at the hands of her partner. Her narrative offers a stark reflection of the deeply entrenched stereotypes that women in Latin America are subjected to from a tender age.

“Living Bodies” morphs into an experimental documentary that aims to use sensory-rich visuals and sounds to amplify the empowerment of female bodies. It also sheds light on the detrimental stereotypes that afflict girls, young women, and adults alike in the country.


Muestra de Cine Hecho por Mujeres
Guatemala City
March 29, 2022
Guatemala Premiere

Prague International Indie Film Festival
Czech Republic
June 15, 2022
Czech Republik Premiere
Official Selection, Honorable Mention in Best Short Documentary and Best Cinematography

Toronto Latin American Film Festival
October 1, 2022
North American Premiere
Official Selection

Women’s Film Festival – Demakijaż
October 26, 2022

Cine En Femenino Festival Internacional
November 8, 2022
Colombian Premiere

Official Selection
Festival Internacional de Cine de Oriente
November 11, 2022
Official Selection

Das Mittelamerikanische Film Festival - Ciclo de Cine Centroamericano
November 20, 2022
European Premiere
Official Selection

14 Hayah Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Panamá
Ciudad de Panamá
November 23, 2022
Panamá Premiere
Official Selection

Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos FICMA
Ciudad de México
November 22, 2022
Mexican Premiere

Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto
November 25, 2022
Official Selection

Festival Internacional de Cine Austral
December 10, 2022
Premiere Argentina
Official Selection

6th International Women Filmmakers Festival
March 7, 2023
Turkey Premiere
Winner on the Experimental Category Jury’s Special Award

Porto Femme – International Film Festival
April 18, 2023
Portugal Premiere
Official Selection

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
United States
June 15, 2023
US Premiere
Official Selection

Resistimos: Festival de cine documental
Mexico City
August 18, 2023
Official Selection

trinidad+tobago film festival
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
September 21, 2023
Caribbean Premiere
Official Selection

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Cuerpos Vivos (Living Bodies)

Short (17mins) Art / Experimental






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Andrea Arauz


Andrea Arauz


Andrea Arauz


Fri 22 Sep 2023, 1.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 09

Sat 23 Sep 2023, 1.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 09

Wed 27 Sep 2023, 1.00pm, MovieTowne, POS—Screen 10

Caribbean Premiere

Andrea Arauz

Andrea Arauz

Andrea Arauz is a Central American emerging filmmaker and executive producer of Aurora Studio based in Honduras. She has a master degree in Documentary Cinema from the School of Cinema from Barcelona (ECIB). Her past films as a director and producer include: “Awakening” (short fiction for Spotlight Initiative and UN WOMEN in Honduras), “Birthday Cake” (short fiction, Costa Rica/Honduras) and “Deprived of Liberty” (short documentary). She is a member and collaborator of the Honduran Female Filmmakers Collective. She is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia. In 2021 became the first Honduran to win the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship and the Emerging Content Creators Scholarship for the 2021 Diverse Women in Media Forum – NALIP. Since 2021, she has been part of the screening committee of Camden International Film Festival in the US. She is currently working in two feature-length documentaries as director “The Stillness of a Revolution” in Nicaragua and “1955 – Memory and Justice of a Forgotten Struggle” in Honduras.

Her films have been screened in different film festivals in numerous countries around the world. Her latest documentary short film, “Living Bodies,” won the Experimental Category Jury’s Special Award at the 6th International Women Filmmakers Festival in Turkey.

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