In Karen’s name” is a documentary project that portrays the life of Karen, a 35-year-old single woman’s who lives in one of the most populated towns of Santiago, Chile.Located in the outskirts of Santiago, this town has a high rate of drug addicts and crime. This project seeks to evidence of the lack of opportunity and inclusion in Chilean society that men and women in their mid-30s' face today.
Karen barely finished secondary school, and as a consequence, she can only find temporary jobs, which do not provide enough for her to maintain herself. You will find Karen at 3pm on a Wednesday still in bed, not wanting to get up. "For what?" she says. "I' don't have anything to do"
A couple years ago, Karen moved from her old house to her girldfriend’s house who helped her through severals depressions, after Karen's grandmother passed away. "She was like a mother to me; life is worthless now...sometimes i think about suicide," Karen explains. Because of this Karen's use of drugs sometimes became regular.
Despite her new relationship with Mariel—a mother of a 12-year-old girl named Yara—and a new home, Karen and her family are often involved in a world of addictions. It becomes very hard to be there for the ones that she loves, while at the same time, she tries to rebuild her life facing economical struggles. However, the days without a job are the longest and the hardest to face.
Santiago, Chile. 2010-2017