Child Soldiers Drama 'Alias Maria' to Open Cartagena Film Fest

Rhayuela Cine
'Alias Maria'

Making its world premiere, the film explores the harsh reality of child recruitment by guerrilla forces.

Jose Luis Rugeles' Alias Maria, a portrait of Colombian children forced to join rebel armies, will kick off the Cartagena International Film Festival on March 11.

Produced by Colombia's Rhayuela Cine (Garcia, The Squad), with Argentina's Sudestada Cine and France's Axxon Films co-producing, Alias Maria forms part of a transmedia project for the prevention of forced recruitment of children by guerrilla forces.

Cartagena's official fiction section features four Latin American premieres, including the Tim Roth-starrer 600 Miles, a recent winner in Berlin for best first work.

Guests slated to attend Cartagena include director Darren Aronofsky, producer Michael Fitzgerald (The Homesman) and French documentary filmmaker Raymond Depardon, this year's guest of honor.

The 55th edition of Cartagena, Latin America's oldest film festival, runs from March 11-17.

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