La Niña de Guatemala is a poem by Jose Marti written in 1891 for the socialite Maria Granados, years after her death. Legends say they were in love, and memoirs indicate this was possibly true. However, in this poem, his betrothal to another woman is conveyed to be the cause of Maria’s death, throwing herself into a cold river from the sadness of losing him. This musical interpretation is from La Muerte’s perspective. While honoring the poem’s sequence, it also aims to highlight the young women who tragically lost their lives in the 2017 fire at the safe home in Guatemala, Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asuncion.
Directed by Carol ann de León (USA)