In Italy, a group of Latina migrant mothers of different socioeconomic conditions fights against an unfair minor´s protection system that has taken their kids away from them. With all their love, these women are trying to recover their children so they can restart their lives.

  • Daysi Burbano H.
  • Daysi Burbano H.
  • Daysi Burbano H.
  • Miko Meloni
    Key Cast
    "Cinematographer (DP)"
  • Emil Plonski
    Key Cast
    "Boom Operator/Original Music Composer/Sound Recordist"
  • Pablo Molina
    Key Cast
    "Original Music / Composer"
  • Luis Castro
    Key Cast
    "Executive Producer/ Field Producer"
  • Esteban Coloma
    Key Cast
    "Field Producer/Post production supervisor"
  • Carla Burbano
    Key Cast
    "Field Producer / Researcher "
  • Antonella Carrasco
    Key Cast
    "Additional Cinematography"
  • Nadine Voullième Uteau
    Key Cast
    "Sound Editor & Designer"
  • Mauricio Molina
    Key Cast
    "Sound Editor & Mixer"
  • Carola Prieto
    Key Cast
  • Millaray Cortés
    Key Cast
    "Executive in charge of Post Production "
  • Juan Cristóbal Hurtado
    Key Cast
    "Colorist, Digital Imaging Technician"
  • Cristóbal Infante
    Key Cast
    "Digital Mastering"
  • Matías Echeverría
    Key Cast
    "Executive in charge of Post Production "
  • Daysi Burbano
    Key Cast
  • Carol Pazmiño
    Key Cast
    "Assistant Producer / 2nd AC"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    125,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Ecuador, Italy
  • Language:
    Italian, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    full HD (1920×1080) ; 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    May 11, 2019
    Ecuadorian Premiere
    Official Selection \ Cómo nos ven, Cómo nos vemos
  • 32 International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam
    December 5, 2019
    International Premiere
    Doc for Sale Selection
  • 41 International Festival Of New Latin American Cinema, La Habana
    La Habana
    December 6, 2019
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • XII Festival Del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli
    November 17, 2020
    Premiere in Italy
  • Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York, EFFNY
    New York
    United States
    December 2, 2020
    Best Film Jury Award/ Official Selection
  • IX Festival Ecuatoriano Kunturñawi
    November 27, 2020
    Best Film Jury Award, Best Direction, Best Production, Best Editing, Best Music/ Official Selection
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Santander
    February 25, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 11vo Festival de Cine En Femenino
    November 12, 2020
    Official Selection
  • 12vo Latinuy - Festival Internacional de Cine Latino de Uruguay
    Punta del Este
    December 21, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
    March 14, 2021
    Best Women's Film /Official Selection
  • 19 Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos
    Buenos Aires
    May 27, 2021
    selección oficial
Distribution Information
  • Agencia Quinde
    Sales Agent
    Country: Ecuador
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Daysi Burbano H.

Daysi Burbano was born in Quito-Ecuador. After studying Social Media Communication and Journalism at the Catholic University of Ecuador, she started to work as an independent media consultant for local enterprises, governmental and non-governmental organizations in Ecuador. At the same time she volunteered at the NGO “Ecological Action” where she was an ecological activist in charge of several cultural activities. Her work and volunteer activities became crucial since these experiences allowed her to take the first official steps into movie production and documental films. Daysi has produced 5 short documentaries: “Amazon Campaign for Life, ITT-Yasuní Project”, “Insulated in the Jungle”, “Chronicles of a goal”, “Sons of migration”. In all her projects, she describes vividly her passion and concerns for nature conservationism, social issues and the paradigm between economic progress and sustainable development.

Daysi holds a MFA in Social Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts, NY. During this time, she has produced 6 short documentary films. These tasks have helped her to broad her visual horizons.
-“Discovering China Town”, 2014 / NY, (3 min); - Hour Children;(NGO's) , 2014/ NY, (10 min); -“Illustration a passion”, 2014/ NY , (5min); -“American Dream”, 2015/ NY, (10 min); - “Stories of Dance”, (ficction) 2015/ NY, (3 min); - “My Back Up Plan, 2015/ NY, (5 min); - Take Me Home, 2015/ Italy , (35min)

Currently, she finished her first feature film "Madre Luna". In March of 2017 this documentary will take three post-production awards in the WIP Femcine7, films made by women in Chile. In that same year, "Madre Luna" (WIP) was chosen as the winning project for competitive public funds in the category: postproduction of the documentary feature of the ICCA (Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Creation in Ecuador).
Daysi is a storyteller committed to make social documentaries that are honest and objective, but also that allow people to feel a connection with a different reality of their own.

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Director Statement

Daysi is a journalist, director, producer and editor. He was born in Quito - Ecuador. He holds an MFA in Documentary Film from the School of Visual Arts in New York. In her work has addressed critical realities such as migration, gender violence, and Pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
"MADRE LUNA" is her first feature film. Daysi believes that Social Documentary Films inject hope into people’s present through the projection of their past while inviting them to always look beyond towards their future. Furthermore, Documentary Cinema plays with ideas that inspire people to mobilize. Daysi sees herself as a filmmaker that is and will be dedicated to recover the social struggles and memories of society, contributing towards a real change through visual consciousness of society´s main issues. She believes people can be fully captured and engaged in social topics when they see images that vividly merges them into the film. She is a story teller committed to make social documentaries that are honest and objective, but also that allow people to feel a connection with a different reality of their own.

In Madre Luna, Daysi visually narrates the story of a group of Latina migrant mothers living in Italy. Through the film, the story unfolds the human rights fight of these brave mothers to recover the custody of their sons. Topics such as women empowerment, violence against women, and the hardship of migration are beautifully portrait in the documentary, inviting the audience to reflect on those issues. We believe that films festivals is certainly the most artful and storyteller scenario to showcase such a profound and captivating film. We believe that these women, these social issues are universal, thus they need a universal platform to have their voices heard. We hope our film touches your sensitivity and invites you think, reflect, and act.

Thank you for your time and consideration

Daysi Burbano H.