The books of “Las Polacas”, the miniseries about a cruel prostitution network, with the great-granddaughter of the woman who helped her destroy it

“Polacas”, the miniseries by Patricia Suárez.

Rosario, Argentina. First decades of the 20th century. Women arriving in the land of dreams. Deceived, they accept the fate that awaited them, which was better than starving in their own countries or in a pogrom anti-Semitic but they met prostitution and mafia and with the most powerful rascals on the net. Sexual slavery, exile, disease, suffering of all kinds. Until someone decides to listen to the complaints in pursuit of freedom.

The cinema, several investigations and the TV series Argentina Land of love and revenge (ATAV) -with Eugenia “La China” Suárez, Gonzalo Heredia, Fernán Mirás and Benjamín Vicuña, among others– resume this milestone. However, in theater and literature the Poles had been distinguished by their absence for a long time. Until, from the hand of the writer and playwright Patricia Suarez this part of our past gains visibility. Based on the successful play trilogy of his fatherhood and the novel in chapters in Warsaw -exclusive content of The miniseries debuts today The Polesat 10pm, on public TV.

“It is a distant universe but at the same time very ours: lcollusion between police, political power and human traffickers”, Says Suarez a Infobae Let’s read and warns that there are no differences with the current situation. “This explains the topicality of The Poles: in the year of the first of the works, 2000, a new wave of trafficking in women and sexual slavery began in the 21st century, an issue that continues today ”, he continues.

The writer and playwright Patricia Suárez
The writer and playwright Patricia Suárez

In six chapters, the miniseries stars Rachela, a young Polish Jew who arrived from Poland in Rosario at the end of the 1920s, led by a mafia association, the Zwi Migdal, to practice prostitution. The reality becomes unbearable: docility is obtained by force, with “domestication” in front of “selected customers”. But the daughter of the matchmaker who “sold” Rachela, Ana, full of guilthe decides to embark on an obstacle-filled journey to Argentina to save her.

Freedom will come from the hand of Eidel, a companion from the brothel, and Carlos Gardel. They also appear in The Poles emblematic characters of the time such as “Chicho Grande”, “Chicho Chico” and Agata Galiffi, Rosario’s “flower of the mafia”.

Ache.  A scene from the series
Ache. A scene from the “Polacas” series

With a duration of 25 minutes, the chapters have a particularity. Each of them has two parts: on the one hand, the fiction and, on the other, at the end of each there is a small documentary about people who have studied or are related to the topic that is seen in the fiction of that episode. The main dish? The presence of Laura Romeo, Raquel Liberman’s great-granddaughterthe woman who with her complaints, courage and tenacity managed to bring down the mafia network.

Damian Ciampechini, director of The Poleshe says that, moreover, “this is a story told, narrated, written, filmed, produced, musicalized and recited by Rosario. It is a story of Rosario done by Rosario and take another road “. And Rosario’s writer and playwright adds an extra point: “We didn’t want to tell a story exactly the same as the one that had already been told. Like this let’s add more elements how to reflect the story of Rosario, different from how it is Argentina, land of love and revengewhich is located in the city of Buenos Aires “.

Las polacas, the miniseries on the book by Patricia Suarez

The democratization and federalization of the audiovisual industry also resonates as an important point of this production. Not only the actors, but the locations to shoot the Poles were the Estévez Museum and the Spanish Club, in Rosario. And the exteriors were made in Victoria, because it retains the facade of the original houses that are more than 100 years old, in Carcarañá and San Nicolás. “Although it was complicated, it allowed us to get closer to the reality of the 1930s,” says Ciampechini.

In the year 2000, Patricia Suarez he writes the first comedy based on these events and, what was supposed to last two months, lasted two years. Success brought awards and mentions. And also adaptation to the novel by chapters in Warsawin 2019.

For example, in one of the scenes of the novel in which the author of Rosario writes: “Mr. Trauman wanted them virgins; virgin women were auctioned for more silver. Who saw them, funny virgins, when they didn’t know how to do anything, whimpered begging not to cheat them and screamed like pigs because they hurt? Man has whims for the flesh that are beyond all logic. Would it be only here in Argentina where they preferred virgins or would it be rather a matter of world order? It is true what someone wrote in a book: the only real mystery that remains for the human being to discover is who he is and where he is going. The question of whim, the question of desire“.

“In Warsaw”. The serial novel by Patricia Suárez

Sexual slavery and women’s pain are unsustainable but Suarez he says with an objective: “I am interested in showing that for those who are victims of this situation today there can be hope. Somehow you can go on ”. Along the same lines, Ciampechini reflects and characterizes The Poles“As” a historical claim “. It is a milestone, a flag of struggle and recognition of women’s rights. The miniseries tries to add a grain of sand in terms of rights. “

The story of The Poles promise a second season, a problem that is on the radar of the whole team. The material is there and so is the desire. The premiere of the miniseries on public TV raises expectations and opens up a panorama of other territories where the theatrical trilogy has been brought. Bolivia, Mexico, a musical in Washington, readings in Ohio, Spain, Rio de Janeiro, where there was also a mafia focus on this human trafficking network. “Polish women have traveled the world,” she says Patricia Suarez.

There is a last cry, which is not that of pain, but that of struggle and freedom, which sounded yesterday but is heard today.

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