By the Name of Tania

‘I have a voice that tells me: Look around. Wake up. What’s happening? But it’s a tiny voice.’

There is a place where rich men live. They are so rich that they sprinkle the girls they particularly like with gold dust. These tales of wonder are so tempting to a young Peruvian girl that she leaves her village and sets out on the river’s currents for the country’s gold mines. However, what she finds there is neither luxury nor fairy tale princes, but violence and forced prostitution. Interweaving documental and fictional elements, this hybrid-form assembles a story which – despite the mesmerising and poetic imagery – cannot hide the horror which the protagonist experiences for long. A drastic and moving film which gives a voice and an identity to one who has lost her name.
by Bénédicte Liénard, Mary Jiménez
with Tanit Lidia Coquinche Cenepo, Ismael Vasquez Colchado, Fiorella J. Aguila, Yossimar Vietto Omnia
Belgium / Netherlands 2019 Spanish 84’ Colour World premiere | Documentary form


  • Tanit Lidia Coquinche Cenepo (Tania)
  • Ismael Vasquez Colchado (Police Officer)
  • Fiorella J. Aguila (Chuya Chaki)
  • Yossimar Vietto Omnia (Ruben)


Director Bénédicte Liénard, Mary Jiménez
Cinematography Virginie Surdej
Editing Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound Design David Vranken
Sound Kwinten Van Laethem
Sound Mixing Peter Warnier
Production Manager Lali Madueño Medina
Producer Hanne Phlypo
Executive Producer Hanne Phlypo
Co-Producers Julie Freres, Katja Draaijer, Javier Packer, Frank Hoeve, Camille Laemlé
Co-Production Dérives Lüttich
BALDR Film Amsterdam
CBA Brüssel

Produced by

Clin d’oeil films

Bénédicte Liénard

Having studied film directing at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, her debut feature film, Une part du ciel, was selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes and also screened at festivals in Toronto, San Sebastián and New York. She followed it with several documentaries which were shown at festivals and on television. She teaches at IAD and is Artist in Residence at the Université catholique de Louvain. By the Name of Tania is her third collaboration with Mary Jiménez.


2002 Une part du ciel 2013 D'arbres et de charbon; documentary · Sobre las brasas; documentary 2015 Le chant des hommes 2019 By the Name of Tania; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Mary Jiménez

Born in Peru, she is a director who first studied architecture in Lima before attending the Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion (INSAS) film school in Belgium. She has taught film directing in Brussels, Cuba and Switzerland and is currently in charge of the Sound Image Culture (SIC) filmmakers’ lab in Brussels where she gives advice and support to filmmakers realising their projects. Her films have been invited to numerous international festivals, including the Berlinale Forum which screened her film Du verbe aimer in 1985.

Filmography (documentaries)

1985 Du verbe aimer 2006 La position du lion couché 2009 Le dictionnaire selon Marcus 2012 Héros sans visage 2019 By the Name of Tania

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019