Film still from Landfall

Wednesday, February 24
7:30pm EST

(2020, Cecilia Aldarondo, Puerto Rico/USA, 91 mins, in English and Spanish w/ English subtitles)

Guest: Cecilia Aldarondo (director)

Introduced by: Patricia Montoya, UMass Amherst

“Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, Landfall is 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. Landfall examines 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, Landfall reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: When the world falls apart, who do we become?”

In partnership with the Feinberg Series “Planet on a Precipice: Histories and Futures of the Environmental Emergency,” UMass Amherst.

Watch and Participate

Introduction by Patricia Montoya

Film Screening

February 18 – February 24

Introduction by Patricia Montoya

Live Conversation and Q&A with Filmmaker
via Facebook or YouTube

(Weds, February 24 at 7:30pm EST)


All events are free and open to the public.

About the Filmmaker

Cecilia Aldarondo

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Cecilia Aldarondo is a documentary director-producer from the Puerto Rican diaspora who works at the intersection of poetics and politics. Her feature documentaries MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART (2016) and LANDFALL (2020) premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and were co-produced by the award-winning PBS series POV. LANDFALL’s many awards include the 2020 DOC NYC Film Festival Viewfinders Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary, as well as a Cinema Eye Spotlight Award nomination. Among Aldarondo’s fellowships and honors are the Guggenheim, a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the 2021 New America Fellowship, and Women at Sundance 2017. In 2019 she was named to DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 list and is one of 2015’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She teaches at Williams College.

UMass Amherst.

About the Introducer

Patricia Montoya

Image of Patricia MontoyaPatricia Montoya is a video maker and educator, where in her media work, she draws on her bi-national identity and her US/Mexico border and East-West North American experiences to tackle the existential conditions and cultural contradictions experienced by immigrants from Latin America who are living in the United States.

Her videos address issues of migration, memory and identity through lyrical explorations of text, dialogue, theatrical adaptations and the depiction of intimate human relations within the context of interconnected landscapes.

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