El porvenir tells the story of a violent clash between members of the Mara 18 gang and common prisoners at the penal farm "El Porvenir" in the Honduran city La Ceiba, on the morning of April 5, 2003. When the fighting was over, 69 people, mostly gang members, were deadthe majority shot, stabbed, beaten or burned. The survivors and families of the victims tell the story of what happened that day and of their subsequent struggles for truth and justice. The film also explores the broader issue of gangs in Honduras. The documentary contains shocking images of the massacre.
Although prison officials initially claimed that the Mara 18 had initiated the violence and set the deadly fire in their cellblock, subsequent evidence revealed that the conflict was a premeditated massacre in which prison authorities were actively involved in the execution of unarmed gang members.
About the producer
Oscar Estrada is a Honduran filmmaker who has written several screenplays for narrative films and documentaries, which have been produced in Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras and New York. Oscar splits his time between Honduras and the U.S., where he is an associate producer for May I Speak Freely Media, a project that produces media on human rights issues in Honduras. Estrada was born in Honduras where he studied law at the National Autonomous University of Honduras in Tegucigalpa. Subsequently, he spent two years studying film and screen writing at the International Film and Television School in Havana, Cuba.
- Corpses of the massacre in prison El Porvenir, Honduras
- This clip shows shocking images of the massacre in the prison El Porvenir, in Ciudad de La Ceiba, Honduras. Here, members of a gang, other prisoners and police got into a massive fight where 69 people got killed.
- Family members of murdered prisoners in El Porvenir, Honduras
- Family members of the murdered prisoners and gang members in El Porvenir, ciudad de la Ceiba, Honduras, founded an organisation called COFAMA. They come together to talk about their losses and to raise attention to what happened in the prison.
- Human rights attorney about prison El Porvernir
- Human rights attorney Aida Romero explains the situation in the prison El Porvenir, in Ciudad de la Ceiba, Honduras. The common prisoners are being treated differently from the gang members.
- Reasons to join a youth gang in Honduras
- In this clip a number of people try to explain why they think youngsters in Honduras are joining youth gangs. An instable family situation, sense of belonging and economical issues contribute to the choice to join a gang.
- President Lobo Sosa and the anti gang law in Honduras
- The closure of Presidential Campaign of the Governing Party in Honduras, broadcasted live. The minister of security, Oscar Alvarez, gives a speech about the lack of safety on the streets and he blames the gangs for that. According to him, the president Lobo Sosa fought the crime and punished the gangsters by the anti-gang law.
- Violence by police against gangs in Honduras
- Honduran politics have given the citizens the idea that gangs are the main problem in the country. Some people state that the young gang members in Honduras are victims of violence and murder by the police. The police officers deny this.
- Gang members and life in prison in Honduras
- Apparently the punishment for gang members to send them to prison doesn't have a big shock effect on the youngsters. This is what a former prisoner of El Porvenir in Ciudad de la Ceiba, Honduras said.