Salir is a feature length documentary set in Bolivia, telling stories of people with mental health problems who try to get back to an independent and self-sufficient life outside of the hospital. Salir will be the second feature that Xiana Yago has written and directed:
The idea of filming at the Gregorio Pacheco National Institute of Psychiatry was born during the Documentary Film Workshop on Human Rights in Sucre, to which a group of Latin American filmmakers were invited in 2013.
I chose to make a short film in the psychiatric hospital of the city of Sucre with the idea of reflecting the problems faced by psychiatric patients in Bolivia.
They live the dream of reintegrating into society and returning to their families. To make this dream come true, they learn a trade that helps them to achieve a dignified and self-sufficient life, fighting against the stigma imposed by society.
Although telling Bolivian stories the in the movie, the underlying social and financial pressures caused by stigmatization are a world wide reality. The movie is currently in development and will go into full production in 2019.