SARIA explores the unimaginable hardships faced by young female orphans at the Virgen de La Asuncion Safe Home in Guatemala, leading up to the tragic fire which claimed 41 of their lives in 2017.
We follow the story of two inseparable orphaned sisters – Saria 12, and her sister Ximena 14, as they fight against mounting daily physical abuse at the very institution designed to protect them. In the sisters’ desperation for survival, they devise a daring plan of escape for all the orphans to find freedom in America.

With this social-issue movie the director Brian Buckley has been nominated to the Oscars for the second time; his first nomination at the Academy was seven years ago, with the short film ASAD.

Title: SARIA
Director: Brian Buckley
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Running time: 23′