Shortfilm | Peru | Drama | Color | 11 minutes | 2016

This short film is based on two real events in Peru: the forced sterilisations that took place in the 1990s, under the authoritarian government of the now imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori; and the “Pera Malograda” parties, attended by minors, in which alcohol and casual sex were commonplace. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Internal Armed Conflict in Peru between 1980 and 2000 claims that 331,600 women were sterilised. The Head of the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics of Peru announced that in 2017, it is estimated that 247,800 adolescents between 15 and 19 years old are mothers or pregnant for the first time.

“Ombligo” seeks to delve deeper into motherhood through the story of a woman who shall test how much she values it. Our main character, Nina, is an Andean woman who, as a child, was saved from being sterilised thanks to her mother’s sacrifice. Nina is confronted with the fact that Kristel, her underage daughter, has fallen pregnant after attending a “Pera” party, challenging Nina’s own assessment of motherhood.