The Crown

The Crown

Isabel Vega and Amanda Micheli

The contestants are murderers, guerrillas, and thieves. The winner will be crowned Queen, but she won't be invited on a press tour as a role model for young girls. Instead, she will be escorted back to her cell. This is a beauty pageant like no other, and it happens every year in the women's penitentiary in Bogotá, Colombia. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.


Isabel Vega is a Colombian-born filmmaker who moved to the United States at age 7 and received her B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University.  She has been an editor, assistant director, and associate producer on documentary projects for HBO, Lifetime, Bravo and FX, as well as for numerous national commercials.  In 2005, Vega's directorial debut, First Kiss, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  She is currently developing a documentary about gang girls who reside and work in East L.A.

Amanda Micheli is an Academy Award® nominated filmmaker with over a decade of experience as both a director/producer and a cinematographer. She directed, shot, and edited her first film, Just for the Ride, which won an Academy Award and an International Documentary Association Award in student categories. Her most recent film, La Corona (which she co-directed with Isabel Vega), was nominated for an Oscar and premiered in competition at Sundace Film Festival.  


Background Information
  • Country of origin: Colombia/United States
  • Running Time: 40 minutes
  • Release Date: 2008
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