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MEMORIES OF A
PENITENT HEART

A FILM BY CECILIA ALDARONDO

 

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

SCREENINGS

 

Upcoming 

The Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival  • Austin, TX • September 8-11

north louisiana gay and lesbian film festival • shreveport, LA • september 9, 3:45pm, september 12, 7:55pm

THE GLOBAL PEACE FILM FESTIVAL • ORLANDO, FL • SEPTEMBER 23, 8PM, SEPTEMBER 24, 5:30PM

Yale University Screening • New Haven, CT • September 25

Fordham University Screening • New York, NY • September 26

TWIST Seattle queer film festival • seattle, wa • october 13-23

University of Massachusetts Boston Film Series • Boston, MA • November 17

 

Past

WORLD PREMIERE tribeca film festival  NEW YORK, NY • April 13-25

Florida Film Festival • Maitland, FL • April 8-17

QDoc film festival  • portland, or • may 19-22

inside/out film festival • toronto, canada • may 26-june 5

Nalip media summit • hollywood, ca  june 23-26

PULSE BENEFIT FILM SCREENING • MAITLAND, FL • JULY 3

ROUND LAKE AUDITORIUM SCREENING • ROUND LAKE, NY  JULY 22, 7PM

GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  GUANAJUATO, MEX • JULY 25, 4PM • JULY 28, 2PM

CINEMAQ FILM FESTIVAL CLOSING NIGHT FILM • DENVER, CO • JULY 24, 7PM

VISIBLE EVIDENCE • BOZEMAN, MT • AUGUST 12, 1:30PM

 

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FOR PRESS INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

David Magdael, David Magdael + Associates
dmagdael@tcdm-associates.com

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