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Christian Poveda

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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


  • 1 Life
  • 2 La vida Loca
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Born to exiled Spanish parents in Algeria, he went to France with his family in 1961/2 He was assassinated in El Salvador,either by a member of a mara

La vida Loca

La vida Loca is a documentary filmed by Poveda in El Salvador about the life of local gangs

For 16 months Poveda filmed the marginal young people of El Salvador divided between two rival gangs, the Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street gang

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


Christian Poveda was shot to death in Tonacatepeque, El Salvador on September 2, 2009 He was 52 years old

It is alleged that certain police and gang members were 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


  1. ^ a b Fraser, Nick 6 September 2009 "Obituary: Christian Poveda" The Guardian 
  2. ^ Asesinan a documentalista que retrató pandillas in Spanish
  3. ^ Adams, Guy "Did film director die for his art", The Independent, Sept 4, 2009
  4. ^ Carroll, Rory 11 March 2011 "Killers of filmmaker Christian Poveda jailed" The Guardian 
  5. ^ "Mixed feelings as court jails 11 people for Franco-Spanish filmmaker's murder" Reporters Without Borders 10 March 2011 

External links

  • Christian Poveda on IMDb
  • La Vida Loca official site

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