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.
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.