The Pawn (La Prenda)



Rafael 2 Sun, Oct 11, 2015 3:00 PM
Sequoia 2 Tue, Oct 13, 2015 3:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Active Cinema
Mind the Gap
Running Time:78 min
Premiere Status:US
Director:Jean-Cosme Delaloye
Producer:Francine Lusser
Gérard Monier
Cinematographer:Jean-Cosme Delaloye
Nicholas Strini
Jakob Jimenez
Pablo Aguilar
Editor:Lila Place
Print Source:CAT&Docs
Note Writer:Margarita Landazuri


Guatemalan teen Astrid was kidnapped and held for ransom. Her family paid and she was released, but the family still gets phone calls from her abductors, calling her a pawn and threatening to snatch her again. Desperate, she enters the U.S. illegally and faces deportation. In Guatemala, one person is kidnapped every day. Targets are frequently children who have family in the United States. Ninety-eight percent of the kidnappers are never punished. Swiss journalist and documentarian Jean Cosme Delaloye examines the problem of abductions for ransom by focusing on Astrid’s case, and two others. A father mourns the murder of his kidnapped wife and struggles to raise two young sons who witnessed their mother’s death. Fifteen-year- old Kelly was snatched, brutally raped, and murdered. Most of Kelly’s family has fled to the U.S., but her cousin Karin remains in Guatemala, working with the Survivors Network group to put Kelly’s kidnappers in prison. The film follows court cases that will decide the fates of Astrid and some of the kidnappers.

Co-presented by Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and Legal Aid of Marin.

With support from Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco

Additional Information

Jean-Cosme Delaloye is a New York-based reporter who has covered many stories in Central America. In 2012 he directed By My Side, a documentary about three young women living in the landfill of Managua in Nicaragua. The film won awards for best documentary at Icaro and at the Festival Enfances du Monde in Paris. The Pawn is his third film.