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Varan Workshop in Colombia
Following One's Way
Directed by Diego Fernando Hernandez
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Possessing a beautiful, strong voice, Ilona earns her living by singing. Through her music, Ilona hopes to leave behind her life of poverty, the dangerous environment in which she lives. To do so, she works relentlessly while her mother takes care of her sisters, and cares for Ilona's own three-year old daughter.

When Ilona is at home, her mother angrily reproaches her. What is she doing, always out and about? Why doesn't she spend more time with her child? Her mother doesn't believe that one day Ilona will succeed and support the family.

Her producers criticize her as well, but for just the opposite reason for spending too much time at home. Ilona also faces the pressures of the market. Producers want her to write and sing songs in English, which she cannot speak, as they believe they are more likely to be successful.

Part of the VARAN WORKSHOP series, FOLLOWING ONE'S WAY observes Ilona in the street, rehearsing and performing, and with her family and her producers, giving us the opportunity to share the difficult and contradictory aspects of her daily struggle to succeed.


26 minutes / color
Release: 2001
Copyright: 2000
Sale: $225

Subject areas:
Colombia, Latin American Studies, Music, Sociology, South America, Women's Studies

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