Cárceles Bolleras (Dyke Jails) – A documentary by Cecilia Montagut

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Andrea took a drug mule trip from Argentina.  She was taken directly from Barcelona airport to prison.

Katia was imprisioned for two years at Martutene correctional facility in the Basque Country.

Marta Dillon, journalist and feminist, visited over several years the female prisoners at the Ezeiza prison in Buenos Aires and captured their experiences in the book “Captive Hearts“.

These stories, along with those of other ex-prisoners and researchers, are part of the documentary “Cárceles Bolleras” (Dyke Jails), that pictures the reality of women behind bars and how gender inequality affects their lives there.

Under these circumstances , lesbian desire becomes a form of resistance to the penitentiary institution.

Through these interviews, we depict the prison universe we are unallowed to access.




Director’s Statement:

A long time ago, researcher Raquel Osborne and I had in mind to make a documentary about lesbian relationships in prison.

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Following Fefa Vila’s offer to participate in the cultural programming of “El Porvenir de la revuelta” as part of the Madrid World Pride 2017, the idea took shape.

At that time we contacted the researcher Estibaliz de Miguel (author of the book “Amorous relationships of women prisoners”) to collaborate with us and we started working.

Our starting point is that prison is a favorable scenario for the transformation of desire. In this context, some women discover other forms of sexuality that represent an area of freedom and can be both a form of escape and a form of resistance to a heterosexual and controlling institution such as prison.

Cárceles Bolleras Bilbo-1In the collective imagination, the idea that there are non-regulatory sexualities in prison has always been overwhelmed, but I don’t know how, it is not known how much.

Cinema and the media transmit to us, above all, the existence of forced sexual relations in men’s prisons and the abuse of power in all of them, but there is also a different reality: erotic-affective relations between women, often satisfactory, in women’s prisons.

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The first thing we had to do was contact women who had been in prison and wanted to give us their testimony.

Unfortunately, they did not allow us access to the prisons, so we have tried to reproduce the prison experiences through recreations and the testimony of the former prisoners and researchers who participate in this documentary.


Director Bio:

Cecilia Montagut was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since she was 12 years old, she knew that she wanted to be a filmmaker. At that time she took her first steps with a super 8 camera.

Cecilia Montagut - ZueraShe studied film directing at the Experimental Art Center of Avellaneda and graduated in Psychology at the University of Buenos Aires. Before finishing her studies, she began to work in feature films, in the direction crew.

In the mid-nineties she moved to Madrid where she currently lives and continues her work as a production manager, assistant director and free-lance director.

Since her first short films she has explored the diffused borderline between heteronormativity and non-normative sexualities and also the way in which new technologies affect human relationships.

In her documentary films, she continues to show different aspects of the heteropatriarchy and how women seek strategies of dissidence.

All of her work is approached from the feminist perspective and her knowledge in psychology.

Since 2014 she has been a member of the association of artists EmPoderArte and specialises in the disciplines of photography and video art.


Fiction short films.
–  “Identikit” (1989), screenplay and direction
–  “Dur” (1990), screenplay and direction
–  “La Sra. Rodríguez” / “Ms. Rodríguez” (1993), screenplay and direction
–  “Tienes Webcam?” / “Got a webcam?” (2005), screenplay and direction
Documentary short film:
–  “Mujeres de Buen Vivir (lesbianas en el franquismo)” / “Women Having Fun (lesbians in the Franco regime)” (2012), direction
Feature-length documentaries:
–  “Memoria y Sexualidad de las Mujeres Bajo el Franquismo” / “Memory and Sexuality of Women Under the Francoism” (2011), screenplay and direction
– “Cárceles Bolleras” / “Dyke Jails” (2017), screenplay and direction

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For more info visit  Cárceles Bolle Site

Cárceles Bolleras – Credits

Title: Cárceles Bolleras (Dyke Jails)
Original Title: Cárceles Bolleras (Dyke Jails)
Direction: Cecilia Montagut
Country / Year: España / 2017
Runtime: 65 minutos.
Genre: Documental
Screenplay: Cecilia Montagut, Raquel Osborne
Researchers: Estibaliz de Miguel, Raquel Osborne
Director of Photography: Cecilia Montagut
Camera Operators: Cecilia Montagut, Iván Batty, Ariadna Puig, Paco Cazorla, Nicolás Bartolucci
Still Photo: Susana Ribuffo
Sound Designer: Cecilia Montagut
Production Assistant: Susana Ribuffo, Fabiola Montagut,Teresa Lara
Interviewers: Estibaliz de Miguel, Raquel Osborne, Celina Tolosa
Editor: Cecilia Montagut
Post production: Paco Cazorla Color Grading: Susana Muniaín
Music: Paco Cazorla, Bittah, Raxet1 y Eddi Circa,  Hang Connection, Sara Hebe
Producers: Cecilia Montagut, Raquel Osborne, “El porvenir de la revuelta” (Ayuntamiento de Madrid)
Distribution: Cecilia Montagut.

Starring: Andrea Noemí Vera, Dolores Juliano, Concha Yagüe, Mar Sánchez, Katia Reimberg, Marta Dillon, Estibaliz de Miguel, Ana María Bruña, Inés Herrero Riesgo, María Ruíz Torrado, Raquel Osborne, Pedro Montagut, Roser Rius Camps, David Urra, Silvia Reyes, María Jesús Lastra, Lucas Platero.


Cárceles Bolleras – Technical data

Country: Spain
Post-production: 2017/2018
Length: 65”
Shooting Format: HD
Subtitles: Inglés
Screening Format: Digital
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (16:9)
Sound: Digital 5.1
Distribution: cecilia_montagut@yahoo.es

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