Nos Llaman Guerreras (They Call Us Warriors)

In a country torn apart by political and economic upheaval, a team of young women finds refuge in a sport that rises above their personal poverty and gendered social status. But when this new soccer team goes undefeated in all of South America, these women find themselves in the position to win Venezuela's first World Cup and gain a new acceptance and voice in their home country.

  • Jennifer Socorro
    Director
  • Edwin Corona Ramos
    Director
  • David Alonso
    Director
    Churun, Caribbean Oil Co., Pipi Mil pupu 2 lucas, Historias de Atacama
  • Jennifer Socorro
    Producer
  • Priscilla Torres
    Excecutive Producer
    Tiempos de Dictadura, Churun, Caribbean Oil Co.
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Nos llaman Guerreras
  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Drama, sports
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Jordan, Mexico, United States, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
  • Film Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD 1920 x 1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35 (scope)
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Atlanta Film Festival
    Atlanta
    United States
    April 13, 2018
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jennifer Socorro, Edwin Corona Ramos, David Alonso

Jennifer Socorro (1992) is a film director and producer born in Caracas, Venezuela. She got into Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 2010 to begin her studies in Mass Communication, specializing in Audiovisual Arts. In 2012, when she was studying the 5th semester, she begins to work in Al Agua Cinema as a wedding videographer. At the same time, she produced a series of independent audiovisual projects.

As she finishes her studies, she starts to work full time in Al Agua Cinema as head of the Content Department, carrying out projects like "Alcabala" (short film), "Loción LOP" (TV commercial), "Galacticus" (short film), in which she worked as assistant director, cameraman and producer. Later, in 2016, she directs, produces and edits the short documentary "Al Agua", a project that tells the story of the homonym production house.

Since she was a little kid, Jennifer developed a big passion for football, getting involved in a more professional way practicing this sport, which took her to a high competition level. Her passionate way of living this sport merged for the first time with her love for videography; two relevant aspects of her life that would result into an audiovisual piece called "Sé parte de la Historia", inspired by the feminine football team of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, of which she was a part of. That's how she becomes the winner of the Best Publicity Piece category in the 2014 edition of "La Venus de Nácar" award.

Having this impulse of getting together her two passions, and Al Agua's desire of producing original content, fit perfectly in 2016 when she proposed making a dream come true: a docuserie (about to premiere) called "Nos Llaman Guerreras" (They Call us Warriors), which she produces and directs with David Alonso and Edwin Corona.

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Director Statement

It's the 93rd minute of the extra time. Venezuela risks its classification against Cameroon, and two minutes before, they had just tied the match. Two minutes before, the next round of the World Cup was just around the corner; but in a quick move, Cameroon scored an amazing goal and the suitcases had to be packed to go back home.

The U17 Women’s Vinotinto was losing and our plans were falling apart sooner than expected, before one of the favorite teams did what it had to do. Again, in the 93rd minute, Venezuela makes its last swap and immediately to serve, Deyna Castellanos kicks the ball from the midfield straight to the goal area. Everybody was looking at the ball, we almost forgot we had to film the moment, a goal that seconds before the last whistle, returned the joy to a country, and to us, who thought that our story had ended along with the story of the team.

Five months earlier, we hadn't even recorded the first frame of this project that would lead us to document a team, in the constant search of achieving one of the sporting feats most desired in the country: to win a football World Championship.

The FIFA ex-president used to say that "the future of football belongs to women". But nowadays, nobody can say that that's really true. This is one of the things that caught our attention the most when we first met the team, and even more knowing that the senior male selection still hasn't classified for their first World Cup. With this prospect, that a feminine team of girls around 14 and 17 years old has been two time South American champions and is going to their third FIFA World Cup, becoming in one of the best in the world, gets us to think that even though football doesn't belong to women entirely, there are those who, in fact, day by day make this sport their own; this team is a proof of it.

A house made of tinplate of around 40mts2 where 15 people live; fighting against discrimination and people's prejudice; being threatened and exiled from your neighborhood without the possibility of coming back, knowing that your family still lives there; having to climb on the roof of your house to survive a flood; it all could seem like the problems of an entire population, but they're barely a part of the everyday life of the only national football players that against all odds, get to World Championships as one of the favorite teams.

Love, effort and hard work. Three reasons that took us to follow eleven girls with whom we shared the same foundations. A search that led us to discover how, in so many different people, a goal can become the dream of many. And even when they get to have a player awarded as the best of the world in her category, a Golden Boot, the title of the 4th best in the world and the feat of competing against Messi and Neymar for the best goal of the year; they're still girls who don't forget their dream, just like us when we boarded to Jordan having lost David Alonso, a great friend and one of the directors of this documentary. Stones kept getting in the way but, just like the girls from the selection, we faced every challenge.

More than the opportunity of telling a story that up until now still makes us shed some tears, it’s about the honor of giving those girls a voice, those young women that represent the ideal of the country we all want, a country in which, no matter their differences, they unite to achieve something bigger than themselves. To give a voice to these warriors, is giving a voice to each and every one that has shared this dream with us.

This documentary represents the opportunity to make known the way a team that could have had all the excuses to fail, decides to raise and make use of their talent to overcome all adversities. That was one of the main drives for which we decided to take the cameras and we went after them.

People often get lost in the moments of success, but what’s behind, is the dream of a country exalted by the pride of the effort of those who fight to accomplish a goal that the heart cries out for, a Vinotinto goal.