Christian Poveda, also known as Christian Gregorio Poveda Ruiz (January 12, 1957, in Algiers, Algeria – September 2, 2009, in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador) was a Hispanic-French photojournalist and a film director.
La vida Loca
The hand-held camera focus on daily life in a base cell of one of the gigantic maras, the la Campanera X-18 clique, composed of fifty engaging adolescents and young adults with an average age of 16 to 18.
The documentary was presented in the San Sebastián International Film Festival in September 2008.
It is alleged that certain police and gang members where unhappy of the Poveda's documentary. Poveda had promised his subjects that La vida Loca would not be realized in El Salvador, but he was powerless to prevent pirated copies from being sold. In 2011 ten gang members and a former police officer were convicted jailed for Poveda's death.
- Fraser, Nick (6 September 2009). "Obituary: Christian Poveda". The Guardian.
- Asesinan a documentalista que retrató pandillas (in Spanish)
- Adams, Guy. "Did film director die for his art?", The Independent, Sept. 4, 2009
- Carroll, Rory (11 March 2011). "Killers of filmmaker Christian Poveda jailed". The Guardian.
- "Mixed feelings as court jails 11 people for Franco-Spanish filmmaker’s murder". Reporters Without Borders. 10 March 2011.
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