EX VOTO is a cerebral female revenge film set in working-class Mexico City, and centered on 17-year-old Mexicana Nayeli (played by Venice Film festival award winning / Ariel award nominated Ruth Ramos) and how she finds her power following a brutal assault.
With a campaign running on Kickstarter now through July 17th at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1605154769/ex-voto-film The team are offering film fans Executive Producer credit with the chance to go the premiere at the Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC; Limited Edition Posters; one of a kind on-set disposable camera photos and much more! In just a few short hours since its launch, the project gained a Kickstarter ‘Project We Love’ badge. The filmmakers hope to raise $20,000 USD to cover the costs of the cast and crew; locations, food and transportation, equipment and post.
“‘Ex Voto’ was initially conceived as a response to the US presidential election race.” Maya Korn the Creative Producer told us “We couldn’t believe the racist, sexist comments and actions we were being bombarded with daily from an apparently viable presidential candidate.”
“We were drawn to Mexico, thinking we would create a protest film. We spent a month researching and speaking to people about our ideas. During our conversations, we found women in the close knit Catholic suburbs of Mexico City are treated very poorly with little sense of female community. The statistic that 7 women die daily in Mexico as a result of ‘feminicidio’ (femicide) came up continually and the film grew into a story that aims to raise awareness about the global problem of sexual violence against women.”
“Our hope is that this short will empower women everywhere to stand up for themselves and know they are not alone. We have partnered with a California based non-profit organization that supports female victims of trauma: Casa de la Familia. Any financial awards received will be dedicated to them.”
Initially established in 1996 for victims of crimes such as human trafficking, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, child sexual, and physical abuse, CDLF’s mission has expanded to providing counselling and support to individuals and families who have been impacted and affected by various types of trauma. They also focus on educational outreach to bring awareness to domestic violence and other forms of abuse to educate the population and with an intention to prevent trauma from continuing to perpetrate our communities. With a clinical staff of over 40 therapists, Casa de la Familia provides mental health services to Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, with an emphasis on services for the marginalized population of California.