The Tiniest Place / El lugar más pequeño

In 1979, a civil war broke out in El Salvador, Central America, which lasted 12 years and left more than 80,000 dead and thousands missing. Many villages were laid waste by the army and even ceased to exist on official maps of El Salvador. The film is a story of the survivors of this war, who strove to rebuild their villages from the ashes about man kind’s ability to arise, to rebuild and reinvent himself after surviving a tragedy.
A story about a people that have learned to live with their sorrow; an annihilated town that re-emerges through the strength and deep love of its’ inhabitants for the land and the people. A tiny place nestled in the mountains amidst the humid Salvadorean jungle.



Country of Production

Year of Production

35mm, HDCam

104 min

Tatiana Huezo Sánchez

Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in co-production with Foprocine

Original Language

English, French (for TV)

Festivals / Awards

Ambulante IDF 2011
Visions du Réel Nyon 2011 (Grand Prix La Poste Suisse, Best Feature Film)
Guadalajara IFF 2011
San Francisco IFF 2011
Documenta Madrid 2011 (Audience Award)
Los Angeles IFF 2011
Moscow IFF 2011
Lima IFF 2011 (Best Documentary Award)
Docuweeks 2011
Monterrey IFF 2011 (Best Mexican Feature Film; Audience Award)
DMZ IDF 2011 (Best Documentary Award)
San Sebastián IFF 2011
DOCSDF Mexico 2011 (Best Mexican Documentary; AMC Mexican Cinematographers' Award)
Morelia IFF 2011 (Best Documentary directed by a Woman; Honorable Mention)
DOK Leipzig 2011 (Golden Dove in the Int'l Comp. for Documentary Films/Long Metrage; Award of German Workers' Union Ver.di)
Biarritz Latin American FF 2011 (Honorable Mention)
Abu Dhabi IFF 2011 (Jury's Award)
Viennale 2011 (“DER STANDARD” Audience Award)
Festival ICARO El Salvador 2011 (Best Central American Feature Documentary; Best Art Direction; Best Editing)
Mar del Plata IFF 2011 (FIPRECI Award; Special Mention in the Latin American Competition)
cph:dox Copenhagen 2011
Atlantidoc – Uruguay IDF 2011 (Best Documentary Award; Best Documentary Director Award; Best Music Award; Best Photography Award; Best Sound Award)
Palm Springs IFF 2012 (The John Schlesinger Award for First-Time Documentary Filmmaker)
DocPoint Helsinki 2012
MoMA Director´s Fortnight New York 2012
ZagrebDox 2012 (Movies That Matter Award)
One World HRFF Prague 2012
Belfast FF 2012 (Best Documentary Award)
DOXA Vancouver 2012
DOK.fest Munich 2012
Sarajevo FF 2012
Jerusalem IFF 2012 (The Ostrovsky Family Foundation Award )
Filmfest Osnabrück 2012 (Peace Film Award, ex aequo)
Festival des Libertés Brussels 2012
Paris HRFF 2013
Guanajuato FF 2014
Sarajevo IFF 2014
IDFA Amsterdam 2014