Dahlia is a two-part project that shines a new light on the subject of domestic violence. The documentary film shares the stories of real survivors of domestic violence and professionals of the field. The narrative short film is based on the findings of this documentary and tells the story of one victim, Mandy, in a very intimate manner.

Dahlia is a two-part project that shines a new light on the subject of domestic violence. The documentary film shares the stories of real survivors of domestic violence and professionals of the field. The narrative short film is based on the findings of this documentary and tells the story of one victim, Mandy, in a very intimate manner.

Narrative short film

SYNOPSIS

Mandy gets ready to leave her husband, Noel, after 3 years of being in an abusive relationship. She holds her baby Ali and picks up her bags when she hears Noel coming home early. Once Noel realizes what is happening, Mandy faces the greatest danger of her life. Memories of her past flood her mind and she endures what might be the most violent outbreak she’s been through. Will Mandy overcome the battle against her fears, love and husband’s fist?

Narrative short film

SYNOPSIS

Mandy gets ready to leave her husband, Noel, after 3 years of being in an abusive relationship. She holds her baby Ali and picks up her bags when she hears Noel coming home early. Once Noel realizes what is happening, Mandy faces the greatest danger of her life. Memories of her past flood her mind and she endures what might be the most violent outbreak she’s been through. Will Mandy overcome the battle against her fears, love and husband’s fist?

We are interviewing survivors, their family members, organizations and social workers who have experienced domestic violence first or second hand. 

The power of reality is much greater than fiction and we believe that this additional work is valuable. We want people to take interest and learn what we learned by speaking with these people directly.

DOCUMENTARY

DOCUMENTARY

We are interviewing survivors, their family members, organizations and social workers who have experienced domestic violence first or second hand. 

The power of reality is much greater than fiction and we believe that this additional work is valuable. We want people to take interest and learn what we learned by speaking with these people directly.

TEAM

About

Anies Castillo

WRITER/ACTRESS

Anies castillo is an actress and a writer based in New York City. She grew up in the Dominican Republic and has been acting ever since she can remember. In 2008 she moved to the US to pursue bigger opportunities and to continue to grow as an artist. Anies has had the pleasure of participating in two Telemundo productions, El Fantasma de Elena and Corazon Valiente.

She started writing Dahlia back in 2013, and as she got deeper and deeper into the research, the story and the characters both really touched her, and it became a story that she felt had to be told and be shared with the world.

About

Michelle Polanco

PRODUCER

Michelle Polanco was born and raised in New York City. Growing up, Michelle mostly focused on academics. Her calling for the arts however, was never forgotten. Michelle used modeling, drawing, and acting as her creative outlets. In time, she found herself immersing in production as a host, writer, creative director, producer and project manager for various projects.

Her passion for production compelled her to change the course of her life.  In 2014, Michelle Polanco founded PureVida Media Productions. PureVida Media Productions is dedicated to creating empowering and uplifting content, that increases confidence, personal power and taking action. Michelle enjoys creating something out nothing that can bring value and show a new perspective. Being able to bring an idea or story to life has captivated her.

About

Macarena Carrizosa

DIRECTOR

Macarena Carrizosa is a filmmaker based in NYC. She works in narrative films, music videos, commercials and specializes in documentaries.

Her highlights as include the documentary short that she directed and shot, Monday to Monday, awarded Best Documentary Director by the New York TV & Film Festival and Platinum Award at the Independent Film Awards. Monday to Monday was also screened as part of the official selection of the Oscar Qualifying Rhode Island Film Festival, the Hollywood Screenings Film Festival among others.

Macarena started her career acting and has since worked in several departments of audiovisual production including Production, Camera, Electrical, Grip, and Sound. Her technical knowledge, leadership, and innate creativity make her a unique asset for any audiovisual project.

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