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Movie Review: LA CORONA CROWN

Updated on July 11, 2015

LA CORONA (the Crown) is a 40-minute documentary that shows the day-to-day life of women prisoners in a Columbian prison. Though the film is focused at depicting the life of prisoners, the author has made it captivating since he presents the positive side of prison where he portrays them as enjoying life rather than reeling in grief. Instead of showing a grim side of prison life where it is common to see prisoners carrying tin plates, or fighting for cigarettes, he has shown another perspective where the women prisoners are seen braiding their hair, dancing and engaging themselves in a beauty contest. Specifically, the film is centered on a beauty contest that takes place in one of the women prisons in Columbia.

In essence, the documentary “La Corona” offers a fascinating slice of a life perspective that is utterly genuine and compelling to the audience. However, I am certain that the judges biased the outcome of the beauty contest that takes place in this prison. I tend to agree with the other prisoners who argue that the outcome of the contest could have been biased and fixed. I suppose any other audience watching this movie could be able to see another contestant who could be more beautiful than the one declared the winner. For example, Maira, who was awarded the “talent” part of the contest, as well as Viviana are apparently natural beauties. I do not understand how the winner could have superseded the two. In my view, Maira should have been awarded the Crown of the contest owing to her prettiness and cunningness. This is seen when she engages the judges and warden by thanking them in order to have time to think how to answer back the question she was asked.

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