The Little Breadwinner

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DRAMA POLITICAL WAR HISTORICAL FICTION

20th Century (multiple decades),2000s

Lucia Mann

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Logline

Finding Hope and Survival in the Midst of a "Dirty" War, aided by the United States.

Genre

Drama,Political,War,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

1980 to 1992, a turbulent civil war ravaged the Central American state of El Salvador, claiming the lives of 75,000 Salvadorans. The Little Breadwinner is a story of tyrannized, frightened families, mostly poor peasants, indigenous peoples, and child farmworkers whose lives signified nothing.


One unforgettable character is a brave "little person" who became traumatically affected by the abuse perpetrated by National Guard soldiers outside her pueblo home. Meet Estrella Godwin Lozano (a Waorani tribe descendant of the Amazon rain forest) who heroically joined the Sandinistas.

Setting

Central America, El Salvador

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Other

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Estrella Godwin Lozano

Age: 5-60's

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Empathetic,Heroic,Uneducated,Patriotic,Selfless

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Development Pitch

The brutal conflict that was backed politically, economically, and military-led government by the United States government with CIA involvement.

About The Author

Lucia Mann: Humanitarian and activist, was born in British colonial South Africa in the wake of World War ll. She now resides in British Columbia, Canada. After retiring from journalism in 1998 she wrote a four-book African series to give voice to those who have wrongdoings and are suffering brutalities and captivity. The Little Breadwinner is the seventh book that exposes account both personal and social injustice.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Historians

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Aperion Books, Agoura Hills, CA

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

978-0-9856039-3-9

Genre

DRAMA, FANTASY

Brief

Many generations of women suffer from violence and the mistreatment of government forces in El Salvador. In the end, their deaths are avenged and justice prevails.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: FAIR

Premise: GOOD

Structure: FAIR

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes, but it lacks further description and information about additional characters.

Draw of Story

The relevant themes denouncing violence and abuse from authorities in a foreign country.

Possible Drawbacks

The fact that some scenes and flashbacks are exaggeratedly long.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Generations of Salvadoran women suffering violence due to prejudice, misogyny and political struggle, a very relevant subject.

Fanbase Potential

Potentially yes, since the main theme is very important and impactful, but there would need to be extensive changes to the narrative.

Awards Potential

Yes, because of the important themes, but it would have to go through revisions and rewrites.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

SALVADOR - A FILM ABOUT AN AMERICAN JOURNALIST COVERING THE SALVADORAN CIVIL WAR. INNOCENT VOICES - THE MOVIE SHOWS HOW CHILDREN WERE USED AS FIGHTERS DURING THE SALVADORAN CIVIL WAR.

What’s New About the Story

It shows us information about a country and a conflict that most people don't know much about, and it uses disabled people as central characters, which is also not very common. However, it could be less clichéd and predictable in the way it conducts the characters' actions.

Lead Characters

Estrella is a strong-willed, courageous woman, who fights for what she believes and manages to overcome many physical and social challenges, despite having a tragical ending.

Uniqueness of Story

Not really, because it lacks further development and feels somewhat obvious overall.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

The narrative feels too focused on many unnecessary moments, which would make the adaptation less compelling than it could be. The story should be rewritten to become more thrilling and straight to the point. Another issue is that the characters act in predictable ways and are built in a manichaeistic shape. There should be a better development to their character and additional complexities for the story to work. Also, there shouldn't be so much graphic violence, it feels dislocated and even of bad taste for this story. Even though violence is an essential part of this narrative, it could be better handled and not included just for shock value.