Re-enacting one’s experience: Yoseli is new in prison. She passes the security check with stoical calm, almost curiosity. She shuffles into her cell before heading out to smoke; with each cigarette she gives away it gets clearer: any “I” here, must become part of the “We”. Yoseli is sworn into a diverse group of cis and trans women, loose attachments forged in a constant stream of new sparring and bonding partnerships. They live boldly, with an awareness of their bodies: the ritualised force of the voguing battles in the yard, the enthusiasm of playing in the band, wonderful songs. Yoseli joins in, sings along, dances and becomes friends with Nacho, a trans man. Romance and love is threaded tenderly through the group’s temporary communality. The editing and direction weave everything together, while the performers ensure smooth transitions: the hybrid theatrical staging offers congenial forms for self-assertion. If Theatre of War (Forum 2018) emphasised the political, Lola Arias’s latest performative, empowerment re-enactments in Buenos Aires’ Casero prison turn on lust, celebration, energy, music, trance balance – and endless charm.
by Lola Arias
with Yoseli Arias, Ignacio Amador Rodriguez, Estefy Harcastle, Carla Canteros, Noelia Perez, Paulita Asturayme, Laura Amato, Pato Aguirre, Cintia Aguirre, Julieta Fernandez, Silvana Gomez, Daniela Borda, Jade De la Cruz Romero, Betina Otaso
Argentina / Germany / Switzerland 2024 Spanish 82’ World premiere | Documentary form


  • Yoseli Arias
  • Ignacio Amador Rodriguez
  • Estefy Harcastle
  • Carla Canteros
  • Noelia Perez
  • Paulita Asturayme
  • Laura Amato
  • Pato Aguirre
  • Cintia Aguirre
  • Julieta Fernandez
  • Silvana Gomez
  • Daniela Borda
  • Jade De la Cruz Romero
  • Betina Otaso


Director Lola Arias
Cinematography Martín Benchimol
Editing Ana Remón
Music Ulises Conti
Sound Design Sofía Straface, Daniel Almada
Casting Tálata Rodriguez
Producers Gema Juárez Allen, Clarisa Oliveri, Vadim Jendreyko, Ingmar Trost

Lola Arias

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She is a writer, theatre director, fine artist, musician and performer. She studied literature at Buenos Aires University and playwriting at Buenos Aires Metropolitan Conservatory. Her plays include “My Life After”, “Familienbande”, “That Enemy Within”, “The Art of Making Money”, “Mother Tongue” and the trilogy “Striptease”, “Revolver Dream” and “Love is a Sniper”. She has also made video installations and released music with collaborator Ulises Conti. Theatre of War, her first feature-length film, premiered at the Forum in 2018.


2014 Veterans Installation; 5 short films: The Swimmer, 9 min., The Voice, 9 min., The Sinking of the Belgrano, 11 min., Last Day of War, 9 min., The Diary of a Soldier, 50 min. 2018 Teatro de guerra (Theatre of War) 2024 Reas; documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024