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Documentary in development


Thanks to your collaboration, we've raised

USD 5,500


USD 20,000

Campaign end date:
December 20, 2024

Help us tell these stories


How to talk about what cannot be talked about?

In the Dominican Republic, abortion is criminalized without exception. Scarlet Girls gathers the anonymous testimonies of women around the country who speak of their experiences with unwanted pregnancy, forced motherhood and clandestine abortion.

From these intimate narratives, Scarlet Girls weaves a disturbing representation of daily life, blurring the line between reality and fiction.


Scarlet Contributor

USD$ 10

DOP 500 or more


Scarlet Ally

USD$ 25

DOP 1,500 or more


Scarlet Friend

USD$ 50

DOP 2,800 or more


Scarlet Angel

USD$ 100

DOP 5,500 or more


Scarlet Hero

USD$ 250

DOP 15,000 or more


Scarlet Ambassador

USD$ 500

DOP 30,000 or more

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Scarlet Producer

USD$ 1000

DOP 55,000 or more

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Executive/Associate Producer

USD$ 5000

DOP 200,000 or more

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About the project

Director's note

For as long as I can remember, one of my biggest fears has been getting pregnant. During my adolescence, each of my sexual encounters was preceded by an inevitable paranoia that arose from the question: "What if I end up pregnant?" Despite having the privilege of attending a private school and receiving a quality education, I did not receive any kind of sexual education or guidance while growing up. On one hand, the code of conduct and content in schools’–whether public or private–are subject to religious ideologies. On the other hand, my mother passed away when I was fourteen years old, just around the age when a young teenager enters high school and begins to have a sexual awakening. During this stage in my life, I began to ponder on topics that felt important within my context and sense of identity. What does it mean to be a woman? Why is my own bodily autonomy restricted according to geographical location? What happens to young girls and women who find themselves in a far more disadvantaged position than me, but who share the same daunting fear of unwanted pregnancy, and do not want to become mothers? My home country of the Dominican Republic has the particularity of being one of few in the world with a complete ban and criminalization on the practice of abortion, as established by our penal code in 1844, which to this day remains unchanged. There are numerous consequences to this radical, complete ban, including a high rate of maternal mortality – every two days a woman dies from causes related to pregnancy and abortion. It is important to listen to the stories of women who have been silenced for so long. Scarlet Girls aims to broaden the peripheral vision on the subject of abortion, encourage introspection and stimulate critical thinking, starting from the premise: How speak of what cannot be spoken of?


Scarlet Girls emerges as a thematic continuation of director Paula Cury's previous short film A La Deriva (2019), winner of the Best Documentary Short Film Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, earning an Academy Award nomination, millions of views on Tiktok and over a hundred thousand views on Youtube. Initial research for Scarlet Girls began in 2019 and, after a pause during the pandemic, we launched the #NiñasEscarlata virtual call for entries in April 2021, inviting women around the Dominican Republic to share their confidential testimonies for the film. The project won the national FONPROCINE competition two years in a row, in the development and production categories; participated in IDFAcademy (2022) and was one of the ten projects selected in the Doc Station of Berlinale Talents (2022). Niñas Escarlata was part of the Impact Days program of the Geneva International Human Rights Film Festival (FIFDH) and won the Docs Up Fund award. These participations have been key to achieving greater visibility and confidence in the project, however, we continue to secure the necessary resources in order to carry out this project with the quality it deserves, and to fairly compensate each of the team members and participants.

What we need

Filmmaking is a collaborative act, so many people are involved in the making of a film, in the development, shooting, post-production and distribution stages. To start the production stage, your contribution will help us cover expenses in the following categories: PARTICIPANT FEES (to all participants who give the rights to their story for the film, donations for women who are in a state of vulnerability). CREW SALARIES (we believe in paying fair wages to people who work in film production. Your contribution will help us cover the salaries of all departments: production, direction, art, camera, sound, wardrobe, lighting, gripping, accounting, legal, etc.) TRANSPORTATION (fuel expenses, vehicle and van rental, tolls, etc.) FOOD (daily meals for the entire production team, catering and beverage services, etc.) EQUIPMENT RENTALS (rentals of camera, lighting, grip and sound equipment)

How to help

There are multiple ways to support the creation of Scarlet Girls: Share - Spreading the word about the campaign will help us reach a wide audience, not only to meet our fundraising goal, but also to spread the word about the project and achieve greater visibility. Contribute - Every penny counts. We understand that everyone will be able to contribute on their own terms, and we welcome every contribution. Follow us on Social Media - Keep up to date with project news by following us on our social networks, so you can help us spread the word whenever there is important news.

Project's Journey

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