“La Cachada” Presentation
Ambassador Jean Manes
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5:00 P.M., CMR
Remarks by Ambassador Jean Manes at the “La Cachada” Presentation
February 27, 2018
* This is a courtesy translation. Only the original Spanish version should be considered authoritative.
I would first like to thank a few people including Egly Larreynaga, director of La Cachada; Marcela Zamora, documentarist and unconditional support for La Cachada; Gerardo Calderón, Administrator to the Cultural Association El Azoro, to Luis Felpeto, technical support who is at the back and who I can not see but know he is working; to our team at the embassy, especially our press and culture section; and of course the talented actresses of La Cachada.
Tonight it is a great honor to have the opportunity to introduce you to some of the most talented, brave and audacious women that I have had the pleasure of knowing in this country. What they will tell you through their art are real stories told by real women. This is just a glimpse into the realities of many, many Salvadoran women. A reality from which we often shy away.
We must celebrate and support this talent and the incredible courage that these women have to tell these very difficult realities. We are proud to support this group, helping to create opportunities to share this talent and spread their stories.
Everyone has the potential to affect change and tonight’s performance is proof of that. Listening to these stories, each of us should be moved into taking action.
What can we do today to stop accepting these stories as normal? Let us think – what concrete actions can we take to change the lives of women in our families, in our communities, in our countries?
It can be something simple in your families or communities. It can be in your organizations or companies. It could be supporting initiatives such as La Cachada that is spreading this message. If there was ever an example of what the Salvadoran spirit is, it is this. The ability of these women to transmit messages is undeniable. To take a story and turn it into an experience.
A few years ago they worked in the markets. Today they dominate an international scene.