Topanga Film Festival – Nov 30 screening

By November 27, 2012 Topanga Happenings No Comments

The Topanga Film Institute presents a multiple award winning documentary, La Corona by Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega. Friday, November 30th at 7:30pm

In their poignant documentary La Corona (The Crown), filmmakers Isabel Vega and Amanda Micheli take viewers inside Bogota's National Women's penitentiary's heavily fortified walls, where preparations are underway for a highly anticipated and fiercely competitive event.

Televised beauty pageants are extremely popular in Colombia, sometimes attracting even higher ratings than World Cup soccer. National and local pageants are often the centerpiece of cultural festivals, and little girls dream of being the queen of their village one day. But even in Colombia, a beauty pageant in prison is unusual. 

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ica,sans-serif;”>The film follows four very different contestants as they vie for the title of prison beauty queen: Maira, a steely 21-year-old former assassin; Viviana, a dreamy 24-year- old who has already served six years for guerilla activity; Angela, 23, a fiery professional thief and hustler from a black ghetto outside the city; and Angie, 22, the “new girl,” a single mother who has just been arrested for gang-related robbery. As the competition nears and suspense builds, the women explain in their own words what brought each of them to this place and discuss the lives and loved ones they've left behind.


Final Fridays @ Topanga Public Library / Q & A with the director / refreshments / $10 suggested donation / check fb for additional information. RSVP to