Amada Torruella is a Central American filmmaker, community storyteller and film curator with 7 years of programming experience in the independent film festival circuit. Displaced with her family during the Salvadoran civil war, Amada's work is driven by visual literacy, environmental justice, the healing of our migration wounds and culture making with an emphasis on collaboration and experimentation. As someone striving to dismantle borders and their constraints, not only on our geo-policies but on our creativity and geographies as well, Amada explores collective memory, intergenerational trauma, tropical identities and the Global South. Her work has been featured at the Blackstar Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, The Skirball Cultural Center, amongst others. Amada studied Visual Communications in Lyon, France, where she lived for six years and she has worked in Communications & Journalism for the Salvadoran government and the United Nations Population Fund in El Salvador. She is a Vona Voices alumni and serves on the Organizing Committee of Indie Media Arts South.
Vena Aquática is Amada's first feature documentary project currently in Developement. The Vena Aquática project was a finalist in the Tribeca If/Then Global Pitch Competition on Environmental Stories at the 2019 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Vena Aquática is a Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program Project. The project currently seeks development support.
Synopsis: In a mystical border town in El Salvador, a community of women live their lives in a tropical world under siege. Connected by a visceral generational bond with water, they reveal intimate accounts of the inextricable links between environmental exploitation and gender-based violence.
Amada is currently serving as director and writer for a narrative short film that explores the Vena Aquatica canon from a personal and intimate perspective.