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'To capture the most terrible sensations in the world is what has defined my chaotic way of thinking. A way that some have found beautiful'.

Maria Ruiz Ocadiz

By Roberto Eduardo Arenas Farquet,
Chief Editor at Luminosa Publishing.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

The following article was featured in 'Caza Libros', published by the Spanish newspaper Málaga al día (Málaga Daily) straight from the pen of talented columnist Elena Zamora Simón (translation):

'"Amnesty' (or a great discovery from Mexico)''


One of the beautiful anecdotes that I can tell from the time that I have been reviewing books on Instagram is the relationship established in the distance with authors who gave me the opportunity to discover their works and with them, a little bit of their world. The case of Laura Maria Isabel Ruíz Ocadiz is one of the special ones, because after agreeing on some readings and movies that we both like, I ended up acquiring her first novel, which I'm talking about today: Amnesty (Luminosa Publishing, 2018). It led me to fall in love with the beautiful words of its author.

1st and 2nd Editions of the book Amnistía (Amnesty), displayed on a wooden shelf against a gray wall, decorated with DC's Harley Quinn figurines and displaying the Instagram address for @helen_cazadora_de_libros
Logo del diario español Málaga al Día.

«The saffron sky suffered a disenchantment. The impressed wake of vultures took off into the clouds and my soul recognized helplessness. It was too late to prevent the water from overflowing my face. I shared my affliction with the sky, then it grieved until I bathed. The beach emptied soon after…»

At the time I acquired the novel, Maria gave me her second book, Steve's canotier: Life and Truth (Luminosa Publishing, 2020) as a gift; and after reading it I became the first Spaniard to read her complete bibliography, which filled me with pride and satisfaction.

Now, Laura Maria has just released her third publication; A Wakefulness of Indocility (Luminosa Publishing, 2021) and she's preparing its film adaptation; and to celebrate these events, her editorial, Luminosa Publishing, decided to publish a 2nd edition of Amnesty, thus celebrating its good reception by the public... and there is yours truly writing the Prologue at the author's request. And since a precious copy with my words written on it has just come into my hands, I wanted to recommend you read it and thus make you part of the work of this woman filmmaker, writer and artist. In Amnesty we are facing a story of overcoming in a dystopian world.

It tells us about an Earth similar to ours, but different at the same time. The places that you know in our reality do not have the same names here, but you can try to identify them, like El Encanto, which reminds me of Paris. Each place has its rules so, in Costa del Anhelo, the death of a loved one is not mourned, nor is the person buried; and in El Encanto they are buried, though crying is forbidden. Cassandra (the protagonist) meets Raymundo in Costa del Anhelo and they fall in love. Timeo (the antagonist) is out there, waiting for her. When an earthquake destroys Costa del Anhelo, Cassandra flees with Raymundo to El Encanto, but when they get there they are considered immigrants and Raymundo is detained, while Cassandra manages to flee. From then on, Cassandra's life will be linked to that of Timeo, but not for the better. Amnesty talks about migration, about how people feel lost in their own country or in the country they go to try to start a new life.

It is narrated so beautifully that it seems that you are reading something written in verse or with a melody. And it teaches us a very important life lesson: that we are all inhabitants of the same planet; that we are all MIGRANTS in some way. Among the characters that appear, apart from these three, are Eleonor Lucille, a wretched woman in love with Timeo who seems to come out of a glamour magazine and is devilishly hateful; and Adolphe, a boy very similar to Raymundo who had me suspicious of his 'goodness' the whole novel. And it's curious, because he is a character who is there precisely so that Cassandra trusts him; but I don't, he doesn't sneak in for me. Another great protagonist are the vultures, which unfortunately in our reality are in danger of extinction, but here they are revered. The work teaches us how necessary they are for life on this planet.

I definitely recommend this novel to you, reader; because of the author's way of writing and because it is not only a novel...

It is also a lesson for life.

Thursday, July 19th, 2021

The Gardenia Aspiring Actress Support Initiative (GAASI) is an innovative proposal by Maria Ruiz Ocadiz to promote the new generations of women artists who, due to a number of different situations, such as lack of expertise, geographic location or socioeconomic context, have had difficulties to venture into the film or television industry. Using her independent film production house PertúrPure Cinema, which distributes its content through the streaming service Luminosa Canal, and today's remote shooting technologies, the filmmaker invites all women with dramatic studies to join her in her film projects. Being part of GAASI is completely FREE, in addition to the fact that it can constitute an economic entry for those who wish to participate in particular films.

For more information on how to apply, follow María's account on VERO: @mariaruizocadiz

Follow the author and director on VERO

"The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less."

Arthur Miller

Griffon vulture against a black background cleanses its left wing with its beak.

"If only the desire to see could be as strong as the desire to unsee."
Lars von Trier

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