Directors: Elías Jiménez, Ray Figueroa Producers: Elías Jiménez, Rafael Rosal, Vilma Liella Screenplay: Ray Figueroa Cinematography: Álvaro Rodríguez Editor: Joel Prieto Sound: José Rommel Tuñón Principal Cast: Juan Pablo Olyslager, Julio Serrano, Roberto Díaz Gomar, Kunti Shaw, Brenda Lara, Jessica Guifarro
In fear of an eventual invasion by those infected by violence, the neighbours of Villas de La esperanza arm themselves and share night patrols, risking their lives for the safety of their families. But battling violence with violence only spreads the contagion, and the neighbours will realize that the greatest danger is not what lurks outside their secure, gated community; the real danger lies within. In Guatemala violence is contagious, and we are all infected. The inauguration of Casa Comal in 2006 represented an important step forward for the film community in Central America. The school has received worldwide recognition for its work in building a film and audiovisual industry in the Central American region with filmmakers who are committed to the pursuit of cinema as an art form and as a medium for social development. The directors of Casa Comal have also been instrumental in the formation of Festival ÍCARO: International Central American Film Festival, which is an important showcase of films from the region, along with international titles. In addition, Casa Comal plays a crucial role in supporting emerging indigenous filmmakers from Guatemala by offering workshops, training and access to equipment. Each year, a special section of Festival ÍCARO is devoted to the presentation and discussion of works by Mayan filmmakers.