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Girls to mothers by Jaugey, Florence

In 'Girls to Mothers' Florence Jaugey provides the audience with a glimpse into the lives of Kenia, Blanca and Viviana, three teenage mothers from Nicaragua. They are all between the ages of fourteen to sixteen and are in the third trimester. Jaugey followes the three girls before, during and after the birth of their children. She shows the influence of the pregnancies on their mothers, their boyfriends and on the girls themselves. Kenia, Blanca and Viviana seem stoic in the beginning, but the filmmaker succeeds in showing their insecurities and grief as well.

Social Relevance
Four hundred children are born to teenage mothers in Nicaragua every day. The film clearly shows that the pregnancies are difficult for the girls and provide them with a constant struggle. Kenia's boyfriend wants support her and their child, but is unemployed. Ironically, the father of Blanca's child disapproves of premarital sex and is in denial of his role in the situation. Viviana's boyfriend puts pressure on her to have five children, but is nowhere to be found when she returned home from the hospital after the birth of their second child.

Additional social background
In 1998, Roberto Fonseca wrote an article on teen mothers in Nicaragua. The statistics he quotes cite Nicaragua as the country with the most teenage pregnancies in the world. Thousands of girls are pressured into getting pregnant by their boyfriends, who view pregnancy as proof of their love. Financial and emotional support is often lacking after the babies are born, and roughly ninety percent of the young mothers, most of whom have no education, are dependent on their parents and friends for their livelihoods.

About the filmmaker
French filmmaker Florence Jaugey studied drama and theater and began her career as a film and theater actrice. In 1990, she founded a production studio together with Frank Pineda, a Nicaraguan filmmaker, and they produced various short films and documentaries, including Girls to Mothers. Jaugey won several prizes for Girls to Mothers, including a Unicef UK Award. She also won a Silver Bear in Berlin for her short film 'Cinema Alcazar'.

Jaugey, Florence
Copyright Holder
Camila Films (via bank)
70 min.
Year of release

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