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Host Paul Booth interviews Director Bryan Buckley for SARIA. It is a 2020 Oscar-Nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action).
This eye-opening, stunning and tear-jerker of a movie is:
Based on true events, SARIA follows two inseparable orphaned sisters, Saria and Ximena, who fight against the daily abuse and unimaginable hardship at the Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala when a tragic fire claims the lives of 41 orphaned girls. The film is an urgent call to action for the women who lost their lives, and those who survived the fire. The real life survivors, who are seeking justice for the negligence that lead to the death of the 41 girls, are currently in the middle of a legal battle with the Guatemalan Government.
Rather than using traditional child actors to play the roles of the orphans, Buckley opted to reach out to orphanages throughout Mexico to participate in the film. Ultimately selecting Ministerios De Amor Orphanage in Mexico City to work with in partnership. Buckley felt that these children, if given an opportunity, could shine. Both lead actresses, Estefania Tellez (Saria) and Gabriela Ramirez (Ximena) worked together to get their parts in the film.