NOTE: This review contains spoilers!
Ninosca is a film directed by Peter Torbiömsson through his camera lens for forty years. The film starts with a general scene of the protagonist, Ninosca, walking on the rooftop of her new house and drinking her morning coffee while she watches the sunrise from behind the San Fernando mountains in Nicaragua, Central America.
Ninosca is from a family of campesinos and the only girl among her siblings. She grew up during the civil war in Nicaragua along with the machismo environment that predominates in Central American countries and others. However, she is determined to be independent from her parents and husband.
At age of 17 she falls in love with Tinoco. They get married and have two children, a girl and a boy. Ninosca becomes a housewife and thus she does not go to study, but later when she wants her freedom, she decides to do everything she can to be free. She expresses “I didn’t get to study, because I lived his life”. Beside not being free, Ninosca also faces domestic abuse from her husband to which she is not silent. In the kitchen of the house, she describes to her family with tears in her eyes the way she is treated by her husband.
Regardless of her pain, Ninosca does not give up helping Tinoco- her husband to feel at home with her family. He is depressed and expresses that he wants to commit suicide. She is beside him at every moment. After so much insisting from his part, they move to Leon, his hometown. They both work, however; Ninosca is the one that maintains the family. This gives her the power to demand Tinoco to also help with the expenses of life. In a scene with the children, she demands her husband to pay for the school fee.
During the years, Ninosca realizes she needs the independence that she has dreamed since she was a girl. She leaves her marriage and takes the children to San Fernando, where she communicates her decision to migrate to Spain. This is a heart-breaking moment for all. Her son cries but nothing is said. This scene is a break of one gender stereotype.
In Spain Ninosca works hard and experiences injustice from some employers, which is a story of many immigrants like her. However, with the hope to reunite with her family Ninosca copes day by day. After seven years in Spain, she travels back home.
The movie evolves topics that are currently part of life of many women around the globe. Machismo, domestic violence, loss of independence, migration, abuse from employers, and the separation from their children. However, the movie also shows us that we can be strong and determine not to give up on our dreams.
Nicosca knows that many women share her story, thus she gives a message: “The first time a man disrespects you with his hands, It’s a goodbye”.
Shirlene Green Newball is a freelance journalist, blogger, and communicator in the field of interculturality. Follow her at https://womenwheel.com/