I tend to write at night but yesterday was indulging in one of my favorite pastimes: sleeping on the couch with the TV on, so am now writing before going out to start the day.
Yesterday I interviewed Sujeylin, which went quite well. On the question on what went through her when they showed her the baby minutes after it having been born, she said: “never to use drugs again.” I’d say a very positive side effect of having children: an increased sense of responsibility.
Today, we’ll be starting in and around the room they rented. I am not sure whether they can afford to rent for another night, so maybe they’ll have to move again. Invariably, this will go hand in hand with some tension between the two. But in general we seem to be arriving in a more relaxed, settling down stage, with less daily activity. Mother and baby need this period, and the film needs this quiet moment of reflection as well.
So, I’ll use this moment to introduce you to the crew, one per day (for five days).
Martha Clarissa Hernández is the Line Producer. She’s in charge of all matters related to logistics, permits, transport, money, etc. She’s one of the old-timers in Nicaragua, from right after the revolution (which was not only political but also cultural, and when the national film industry lived its best moments). Besides running a production company, Martha directs documentaries as well. She’s good at what she does, we understand each other, and she’s the only person around I can bounce content-related ideas of. As you can see, she’s a mother-type, which unofficially is part of her job description… 🙂 Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to her assistant.
One more photograph. At the end of the day we tend to climb a hill or go on top of the roof of some building to film sunsets. I need these as transitions from one day to the next, and we’ve done two so far. I need four or five. The below image is from last night. It’s only a very small part of the city, but it shows you how many trees there are in Managua. Most houses cannot be seen from the sky because the city is totally covered with trees. And because there are hardly any tall buildings, it seems like a jungle.
The light towers are part of the baseball stadium (national sport) and the smoke in the background is La Chureca, the garbage dump. You can also see a very small corner of the giant lake bordering the city. Managua even has its own beach, but the water is so contaminated no one dares to go and swim.
For those of you in Spain: happy father’s day today.