LA VIDA LOCA presents the violent world of the Mara gangs in San Salvador, the most powerful gangs in Central America. The prisons are overflowing with Mara members, and there are more to come – apparently 100.000 altogether. Their models are the gangs in Los Angeles. These youth gangs are strictly organised and are structured similarly to the Mafia. With strong pictures and impressive portraits LA VIDA LOCA allows the audience an insight into the world of a violent phenomenon that was imported from the USA. Christian Poveda presents the two Salvadorian gangs “Mara 18” and “Mara Salvatrucha”.
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