Song Without a Name

Song Without a Name

Peru | 2019 | 97 min. | Melina Leon

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Based on harrowing true events of an Indigenous Andean woman whose newborn is whisked away and never returned, this Kafkaesque thriller suggests a deep corruption at the roots of Peruvian society.

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Based on harrowing true events, Song Without a Name tells the story of Georgina, an Indigenous Andean woman whose newborn baby is whisked away moments after its birth in a downtown Lima clinic—and never returned. Stonewalled by a byzantine and indifferent legal system, Georgina approaches journalist Pedro Campas, who uncovers a web of fake clinics and abductions—suggesting a rotting corruption deep within Peruvian society. Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political violence and turmoil, Melina León's heart-wrenching first feature renders Georgina's story in gorgeous, shadowy black-and-white cinematography, "styled like the most beautiful of bad dreams" (Variety). Song Without a Name is a "Kafkaesque thriller" (The Hollywood Reporter) that unflinchingly depicts real-life, stranger-than fiction tragedies with poetic beauty.

  • Original Language Title: Canción sin nombre
  • Director: Melina Leon
  • Principal Cast: Pamela Mendoza, Tommy Parraga, Lucio Rojas, Maykol Hernandez, Lidia Quispe
  • Country: Peru, Spain, USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 97 min.
  • Screenplay: Melina Leon, Michael J. White
  • Cinematographers: Inti Briones
  • Editors: Melina Leon, Manuel Bauer, Antolín Prieto
  • Music: Pauchi Sasaki
  • Awards: Palm Springs International Film Festival 2020 (Best Ibero American Film), Stockholm Film Festival 2019 (Best Film, cinematography), Thessaloniki Film Festival 2019 (Best Director)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Spanish, Quechua
  • Has Subtitles: Yes