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Lola Still Dances

Lola is being held captive, forced to be a prostitute by a Mexican Pimp, she tries to escape but can only do this in her imagination where she is a beautiful ballerina.

  • Ana Mancera
  • Ana Mancera
  • Ana Mancera
  • Manuel Caballero
  • Pancho Rangel
  • Mariana Alagon
    Key Cast
  • Rodrigo Goytortua
    Key Cast
  • Sergio Lozano
    Key Cast
  • Santiago Perez Rocha Leon
    600 miles, instructions not included, the perfect dictatorship
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Tratando a Lola
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    24 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
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  • POWFest
    Portland, Oregon
    United States
    March 3, 2017
  • NewFilmmakers NY
    New York City
    United States
    January 18, 2017
    People Choice Award
  • Global Shorts, LA
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Award Of Merit
  • LA New Wave Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 25, 2017
    Best Directing, Best Acting
  • Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
  • Respect Belfast Human RIghts Film Festival
    March 5, 2017
  • Directors World International Film Festival

Director Biography - Ana Mancera

Ana Mancera is a Mexican Writer-director based in Mexico City. She recently graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana, where she studied Communications with a major in Film. She has worked in project development in several production houses in Mexico City such as Videocine SA de CV, and Itaca Films. This is her thesis shortfilm, but more importantly, her debut as a Director. Ana enjoys working with actors very much and is currently studying Directing Actors intensive courses with director Luis Mandoki. She is currently developing her opera prima feature script, and a TV series with the spanish writer and director Borja Manso.

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Director Statement

Lola Still Dances is a story that not only came from my heart, but helped me get closer to it as well. It is a story about a true freedom that can only come from within. Due to life circumstances, I grew up with a feeling of captivity in my own home. I did not fully understand this feeling until I wrote this story, about one day in the life of Lola, a young woman who’s been sold into sex trafficking. She clings onto her childhood dream and imagines herself as a beautiful ballerina in order to bear the circumstances around her, and deal with her tragic reality.

I wanted this film to be seen through women’s eyes, so that we could give it a certain type of sensitivity, so I chose all department heads to be women. The film is situated in Mexico City where I grew up in, but also where sex-trafficking is a widespread epidemic. My intention is to express the idea that no matter how awful the conditions we live in are, how we perceive them is a power we always have.

I hope you connect with Lola as I did, and that this film stays in your heart by exploring this girl’s harsh reality, which in essence, can be any of us, for she is only a girl with a dream that she is too far from achieving.

Kindest Regards,

Ana Mancera