EXCLUSIVE† Loving Pablo star Julieth Restrepo plays Colombian politician and women’s rights pioneer Esmeralda Arboleda in a Spanish-language film Dear Sirs †Dear Gentlemen†
Arboleda, was a Colombian politician and the first woman elected to the Senate of Colombia, from 1958 to 1961. As the leader of the women’s suffrage movement in the country, she played an intrinsic role in achieving universal suffrage for women in the 1950s.
The new film will chart how Arboleda managed to convince 70 of the most powerful men in Colombia to adopt the vote for women, despite the powerful influence of the country’s religious right.
Colombian actress Restrepo, also known for Amazon and AGC series news of a kidnapping with Juan Pablo Raba and Netflix miniseries Griselda starring Sofia Vergara, will star with Elkin Diaz (Memory) and Claudio Catano (Thousand canines†
Agora Films and El Circo Film producing. Actress, producer and writer Patricia Castañeda makes her feature film debut based on her script.
The project, which is on display at the 2020 Ventana Sur Works in Progress market, is now queuing up to film in Bogota next month.
Director Castañeda told us that the project is finding particular resonance at this point, as Colombia voted earlier this year to decriminalize abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, marking a major victory for reproductive rights in the country. This follows a string of similar victories in other Latin American countries.