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VIDA ALEGRE
 
VIDA ALEGRE
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Marta Pulk

Estonia/Peru, 2018, 6min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Documentary
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Crew:  Producers: Marta Pulk
Email:  martapulkgmail.com

synopsis
Vida Alegre takes us to the Peruvian Amazon where thousands of women sell their bodies for money in the midst of jungle law. Developed under the guidance of Werner Herzog and produced in cooperation with Black factory Cinema, the film tells these women's stories of love and loss of innocence.

director
Marta Pulk was born 1988 in the midst of the Estonian Singing Revolution. As the Soviet Union fell, she grew up listening to Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Backstreet Boys in her small seaside hometown. After high school went for a job in the maternity ward assisting midwives at child birth and from there on it was a short step to film school. Marta's films feature a strong visual handwriting and relentless interest towards the human spirit and what makes us fight. In May 2018 Marta was chosen for a masterclass by Werner Herzog, where her film "Vida Alegre" was selected for distribution by Black Factory Cinema. 3 of her previous documentaries have screened on the Estonian National Television and her film the Lion Tamers will compete in fall 2018 Jihlava Film Festival. Her first short fiction film "True" was selected for competition by PFF Shorts 2018. Marta is currently in production with two feature length documentaries and developing another fiction film.
Filmography   

filmmaker's note
Vida Alegre is an examination of love in all it's glory. Four women involved in sex work, each with a story more shocking than a filmmaker ever expected. Talking about their first love with prostitutes took me to the brothels of Puerto Maldonado and the film became a fusion between the irony of innocence and the loss of it. As a director I expect that it provokes thought on what we speak of when we speak about love. The film was developed in Peru over the course of just a few days under the mentorship of Werner Herzog and selected by Black Factory Cinema for distribution.

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