Memories of a Penitent Heart
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Showings
Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00
Members:$11.00
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$8.00
Youth (25 & Under):$8.00
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Documentaries
Women and Film
LGBTQ Currents
Tags:Documentary
Women Directors
LGBTQ
Hispanic/Latino/Iberian
Mystery
Religion
Voice Category:Expanded Horizons
Release Year:2016
Runtime:75 min
Awards:Special Jury Award for Emotional Honesty - Indie Memphis Film Festival
Country:USA
Language:English
Spanish
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Blackscrackle Films
Trailer:https://vimeo.com/157470809
Cast/Crew
Director:Cecilia Aldarondo
Producer:Cecilia Aldarondo
Patricia Benabe
Cinematographer:Brennan Vance
Screenwriter:Cecilia Aldarondo
Editor:Hannah Buck
Composer:Angélica Negrón
Filmography:Debut Feature
Description

Director Cecilia Aldarondo attending

Combining home movies, video, and written documents with 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.

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.


Director’s Biography

Cecilia Aldarondo: Cecilia Aldarondo holds an M.A. from Goldsmiths College and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Skidmore College, was the inaugural recipient of the Roberto Guerra Documentary Award in 2015, and has been named by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2015.