by Cecilia Aldarondo
Friday, Sept 25, 2020
Available for Streaming for 24 hours
Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 4 pm – Zoom Q&A with filmmaker
(USA, 2020, 91 min)
Spanish with English Subtitles
Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, Landfallis a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the US colony’s governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance. While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. Landfallexamines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery. Featuring intimate encounters with Puerto Ricans as well as the newcomers flooding the island,Landfallreflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?
Cecilia Aldarondo is an award-winning documentary director-producer whose work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Firelight Media, Field of Vision, IFP, the Jerome Foundation, and many others. Her feature documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and will be broadcast on POV in 2017. She is a 2017 Women at Sundance Fellow and was named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of 2015’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film.’