The Film

In 2002, indigenous rights attorney Maria Acosta positioned herself on the forefront of a controversial case that brought the lush, undeveloped lands of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast into the international spotlight. Local indigenous communities found that the islands and beachfront that had been part of their culture for centuries were being sold to private owners. Forced off of their traditional land, Maria was their hope for justice.

On April 8 Maria came home to find her husband murdered in her Bluefields apartment. As the investigation began, fear quickly set in. When interviewed by journalists she concluded, “I think somebody was sent to kill ME.

Following the murder there was silence. The media dropped the story, indigenous leaders retreated, and locals stopped talking. Now, Maria breaks the silence about what really happened in Bluefields that night and the events that set the stage for the murder.

The Living Documents Trailer (English) from Mallory Sohmer on Vimeo.