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MEMORIES OF A
PENITENT HEART

A FILM BY CECILIA ALDARONDO

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ABOUT THE FILM

Combining a wealth of recently discovered home movies, video, and written documents with artfully shot contemporary interviews and vérité footage, MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART is a documentary that cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama. Originating from filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo’s suspicion that there was something ugly in her family’s past, the film 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.

 

a Blackscrackle Films + POV + ITVS + LPB co-production

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CREATIVE TEAM

SUPPORTING TEAM

INES HOFMANN KANNAConsulting Producer       ESTHER ROBINSON, Executive Producer       PATRICIA BENABE, Producer
RICARDO ACOSTAConsulting Editor
      CLAIRE AVE'LALLEMANT, Assistant Editor

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Screenings

 

UPCOMING SCREENINGS 

 

PHILADELPHIA LATINO FILM FESTIVAL • PHILADELPHIA, PA • JUNE 2-4

SF DOCFEST • SAN FRANCISCO, CA • JUNE 4 2:45PM, JUNE 13 9:15PM

AFI SILVER DC CARIBBEAN FILM FEST • SILVER SPRING, MD • JUNE 9-11

LOVERS LOVERS FILM FESTIVAL • TORINO, ITALY • JUNE 5-20

IDENTITIES VIENNA FILM FESTIVAL • VIENNA, AUSTRIA • JUNE 17

SYRACUSE HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL • SYRACUSE, NY • SEPTEMBER 29

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