Director, producer, scriptwriter and the main character in the first-person documentary "Femicide. One case, many struggles" (2019), Mara Avila premiered this film, her first feature, at Gaumont Theater in Buenos Aires City, on March 7th 2019. One day prior to Women’s International Day, this first release has not only allowed her to promote the film but also to keep struggling against gender violence, as the daughter of a victim of femicide in Argentina. Supported by the National Institute of Film and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA in Spanish), the documentary "Femicide. One case, many struggles" has been Mara’s thesis, with which she got her Degree in Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in December 2018.
The film was internationally premiered in Guatemala at the X Muestra Memoria, Verdad, Justicia 2019, and took part in other festivals such as the 8th Leonardo Favio National Film Festival in Bolivar; the 8th Oruro Film Festival in Bolivia; the XI Muestra Contra el silencio, todas las voces Mexico 2020; the Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift 2021; the Women's International Film Festival Spring 2021 (award of excellence in screenwriting), among others.
In 2020, she got a distinction from the entity Argentores for the script of her first feature, as she started working on a new documentary project, once again with Gustavo Fontán as a script consultant.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Mara is currently also working as a co-mentor of documentary projects and Professor for the College of Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. Moreover, she has been shooting a new documentary film about confinement during the Covid-19 pandemic period in Buenos Aires, the body and mental health together with two dancers. This new project is still in a postproduction stage and its title in Spanish is "Mover (lo que nose ve)".
In August 2021, her first feature, "Femicide. One case, many struggles", was declared to be of interest for the promotion of women and the LGBT community's rights by the City Council in Buenos Aires City.