I Had a Life

Yo tenía una vida

26th TIDF: International Premiere

People who live on the street might be destined to live on the sidelines, in common view yet not seen by the crowd, but this documentary looks straight in the eyes of a man that is tested in a new environment. Jesús arrives at a housing and employment reincorporation center, after living on the streets for a decade. Now Jesús’ life is full of rules. His struggle doesn’t make sense if he is not free to make his own decisions. After years of depending on social services he leaves the program with all of the risks this decision entails. Elena, the coordinator of the supervised accommodation, is writing her thesis on the reincorporation of homeless people. When Jesús leaves, her research takes a turn and she focuses her thesis on Jesús’ life story. Elena becomes his only emotional support. A brave documentary that seeks to provide a humanist view, an anthropological, non-paternalistic approach to human bodies that at some point are detached from the social body, and a profound interrogation of social normalcy, prejudice, and stigmatization that renders people invisible.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Octavio Guerra
Script: Octavio Guerra
Cinematography: Carlos Aparicio
Editing: Octavio Guerra
Sound: Álex F. Capilla, Sergio Testón
Production: Calibrando Producciones
Producers: Elisa Torres
Executive producer: Elisa Torres
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Spain
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 71'
Contact: Begin Again Films
Awards/Distinctions: Special Mention – Las Palmas IFF 2023

Octavio Guerra


2014 Russians’ Machine (short)
2018 Searching for Oscar
2023 I Had a Life