A look at young filmmakers in Guatemala City

Like many dreams, it features what will become a movie production house Dysubidencia perfecta They were born at 3:00 in the morning

Vanessa Martinez, 17, and Javier Martinez, 18, two students in Guatemala City, Guatemala, had a night out in April last year about their love for the movie. They had just worked together on a short film that Vanessa wrote about two gay teens who fall in love and deal with the weight of their religious traumas, which has the friends thinking about how to bring the two collaborators together in an inclusive space to create more art around these two. Threads.

Together with a mutual friend, Sebastian Aldana, 18, they founded Deobediencia Perfecta, whose mission is to explore the stories of upper-middle-class Guatemalans.

Group members are scattered all over Guatemala and around the world, and much of their collaboration takes place online. On the first day the entire group was able to gather in person, at the Lux Theater in Guatemala City, photographer Juan Brenner was there to capture the moment. “We explored the entire theater that day, all its corners. We even went up to the roof,” Javier said. “The most we did that day was hug each other.” (All interviews are translated from Spanish.)

In addition to spaces like the Lux, a large Art Deco theater in Guatemala City’s Historic District, young filmmakers gather at each other’s homes or in local parks to rehearse and shoot.

Two young women reading lines of text on paper in a sunny garden.  The woman on the right is wearing a black tank top.  The woman on the right is wearing a white long-sleeved shirt with her back to the camera.  It is surrounded by tall green grass and pink flowers.

“It was very nice to find people who not only shared the same feelings, but who were also excellent human beings, people who had incredible mutual respect for one another,” he said. Sufi LazoAnd 18on the left.

At the core of the group is “this desire to be unbeaten and prove that art can be made anywhere,” she says Vanessa. “It doesn’t matter if there are no places to do it, because we will create our own.”

Most of the group’s 14 members grew up in conservative Catholic families, but many of them don’t practice religion anymore. Instead, they found solace and chose family through art.