Captive Beauty is an intimate portrait of four women, jailed for murder, kidnapping, revolution, and con-artistry, who are brought together by a beauty pageant held inside the walls of a Medellín, Colombia prison. The weeklong pageant transforms the prison into colorful and controlled mayhem, and serves as a jumping off point to explore the contestants' lives. You will get to know four women - Catalina, Leidy, Diana and Marta - who grew up when Medellín was in the throws of violence. Candid and intimate interviews with each of them - about their childhood, their crimes, and their notions of femininity, beauty, and innocence - help narrate the film. Combining intimate pageant footage from inside the prison, with home videos, family photos, and provocative interviews with their friends, families, and enemies, Captive Beauty brings these women's stories to life.
"Captive Beauty is not to be missed." – NocheLatina
Runtime: 72 min. Watch trailer here. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R for language and violence.
Captive Beauty is being shown as a part of Cine Latino, Phoenix Art Museum’s annual celebration of Hispanic culture through film. Cine Latino is sponsored by the CALA Alliance.
Cost: $7 for Members, $10 for Non-members. Tickets available here.