Los Patines

This short film will screen with other short films in Block 1 | Youth, Truth, and Resistance
Friday, December 9th at 12pm
Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs, California.
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Forced to be a servant to a white woman, an Afro-Colombian orphaned girl dreams of freedom, a normal childhood, and a pair of roller-skates.

Director Biography – Loren Escandon

Loren Escandon – Writer, Director & Producer
Colombian-born, Loren Escandon got her degree in theater from the Universidad del Valle in her native country. Loren wrote and starred in the award-winning off-Broadway play Montera and picked up the HOLA and ACE awards for Best Actress in a Solo Show. She directed and wrote the short film Phone Tales, invited to multiple festivals in 2018. Her short film Los Patines was accepted to the 2021 HOLA Mexico Film Festival and awarded her into the Tomorrow’s Filmmaker’s Today program, presented by Warner Media and Dish Latino. Loren credits as an actress include Selena, 911, SWAT, Gentefied, The Messengers, and Casa Grande.

Director Statement

Los Patines is my mom’s story.
She was one of the 150 million victims of child labor that our society is in denial of around the world. In every corner of the globe, slaves, adults and children are everywhere but we refuse to call it by its true name. These children fall under these conditions in a variety of ways either sold as laborers or running from violence or some, like my mom, who had no idea how their vicious story circle began.
Los Patines is a personal and poetic account of domestic slavery from a young girl’s point of view. This emotional and ultimately freeing journey sheds light on the sheer will and determination needed to rebuild a life weighed by scars of isolation, abandonment, and abuse.
As an Afro-Colombian and a woman, this story burns in my heart. In my country, domestic slavery affects a large majority of Afro-descendants. Our stories are rarely told and have faded into the silence of history. Through Los Patines, I seek to present one tale in an ocean of millions and shine a light on this deeply ingrained struggle.

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