Five hundred women and a handful of men go to the small town of Sierra Chica to visit the prisoners of its penitentiary every weekend. This prison complex has three units, it houses about 4000 inmates, and it is surrounded by inns, bars and boarding houses that are open exclusively for the visitors whose stay there is both massive and fleeting. Bibi’s boarding house and El Gallego’s bar are two places where the visitors’ life stories come together during a few days.
These women, caustic and full of humour, allow us to penetrate their intimacies and to discover their strengths, weaknesses, and the personal challenges behind these transient days, while the film depicts the routine of a town vibrating with their presence.
Conversation with Amelie Ward, PhD student in anthropology and sensory studies at McGill University – Discussion about the films of Imagining relationality and Rhythms and Sensorialities II – Breaths and Whispers (in French)