Film tells story of a jailed hitman in El Salvador
4, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Yuri CORTEZ /AFP Article content BOGOTA Geovany, a former gang member from El Salvador, has two reasons to fear he will be killed in the jail where he is serving a long sentence for murder: He quit his gang and he is gay.
Geovany’s days behind bars his fears, stark confessions about killing, as well as moments of tenderness with his partner, another ex gangster are depicted in award wining short documentary “Imperdonable” (Unforgivable).
The film gives a rare insight into the taboo of being gay in El Salvador’s notorious gangs, where a pervasive macho culture means homosexuality is seen as a shameful affront worthy of violent retribution.
“Killing a person, yes it’s bad but it’s not that difficult.
“There were 11 of us who were part of a platoon of assassins. Our only task was to kill,” said Geovany, who joined the Barrio 18 gang when he was 12.
Geovany and his partner, who he met in jail, tell how they asked to be transferred to a tiny isolation cell shared with nine other gay inmates giving them some sense of freedom and safety away from the abuse of other inmates.
The film’s Spanish director, Marlen Vinayo, who runs the production company La Jaula Abierta that made the film with local online news outlet El Faro, told the Thomson Foundation she had not expected to find openly gay inmates in a prison where current and former gang members were held.
“It was surprising to find them alive, that they hadn’t been killed already by gang members,” said Vinayo, who lives in El Salvador and co wrote and co produced the documentary with Carlos Martinez, a local journalist at El Faro.
ARMED VIOLENT GANGS
Across the small Central American nation of about 6 million people, entire neighbourhoods are controlled by the country’s two most powerful and rival street gangs, or “maras” Barrio 18 and the MS 13.
There is no place for openly LGBT+ people in their ranks, said Vinayo.
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an idea of what being a man should be, an idea of a macho man,” she said. “Gang members I spoke to in jail will tell you that it brings shame on the entire gang.”.