Teodora: The Resistance is a documentary that sheds light on the strict abortion laws in El Salvador, which leave women facing up to 50 years in prison for having a miscarriage. In this stringently Catholic nation, the ban on abortion is absolute, regardless of the circumstances. Women who miscarry are often wrongfully accused of murder, which leads to harsh convictions and long prison sentences.
The documentary follows the stories of these women, including Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, who spent a decade behind bars after a stillbirth. Despite the grim circumstances, we also see the rise of a resistance movement gaining momentum within the country. Through the eyes of these women and their advocates, we witness the struggle for women’s rights in El Salvador and the challenges faced by those who stand up against the draconian laws.