by Cecilia Aldarondo

Friday, Sept 29, 7pm – Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3

(USA, 2016, 77 min)

Closed-captioned in English 

Memories of a Penitent Heart website

Originating from filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s suspicion that there was something ugly in her family’s past, Memories of a Penitent Heart charts her excavation of the buried family conflict around her uncle Miguel’s death, and her search for Miguel’s partner Robert a generation later. After two years of dead ends, Robert turns up: but he’s not the same man. He’s reinvented himself as Father Aquin, a Franciscan monk with twenty-five years of pent-up grief and bitterness. For the first time, a member of Miguel’s family wants to hear Aquin’s side of the story—but is it too little, too late? A story about the mistakes of the past and the second chances of the present, Memories of a Penitent Heart is a cautionary tale about the unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS, and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis.

Introduction and Q&A with director Cecilia Aldarondo

Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART) will be provided.


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