By Will Espero

Werapara translates to girl, woman, gay or even fake woman. This feature documentary from Colombia introduces viewers to six trans-women from the mountain region of Antioquia where Colombian coffee is grown and harvested. The women share their stories and their daily lives with director Claudia Fischer as they interact with their parents, siblings, and others in their neighborhood. Childhood memories, farming, killings, beatings, and healing powers are included in the journey experienced by these women who have lived with discrimination and prejudice.

The importance of civic engagement and support groups is discussed as well as the need to focus on their crafts, beadwork, and weaving to help with their spiritual healing and progress. A visit to the big city highlights their renaissance and awakening as they participate in a fashion show and event showcasing their designs and creations.

Director Claudia Fischer

Claudia Fischer is a versatile visual artist who holds a degree in Fine Arts, DSAP from École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France. She is a restorer of mural painting at the ICCROM-UNESCO, Rome, and a restorer of oil painting and furniture designer in Florence, Italy.

In the audiovisual field, Claudia Fischer has worked in the areas of direction, camera, screenwriting, and production of the documentaries As the Tree Under the Hurricane (Ati & Mindhiwa) and Werapara.

I became interested in the story of this group of artisan girls, not only because of my anthropological fascination with indigenous cultures, but also for the authenticity of their characters.

Claudia Fischer

Werapara is an Official Selection at the 2022 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, and it can be watched from September 29 to October 10 on globalnonviolentfilmfestival.comD!