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.