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MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART
Twenty-five years after Miguel died of AIDS, his niece tracks down his estranged lover and cracks open a Pandora’s box of unresolved family drama.
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★★★ Recommended (Video Librarian)
Latinx Studies • LGBT Studies • Religion Studies
Memory Studies • Film Studies • Psychology
2016. Director Cecilia Aldarondo.
72 Minutes. In English & Spanish with English Subtitles. Includes Captions.
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. The intimate lens of the film refracts on a wider cultural context: the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, and in particular, how families treat their LGBT members in a Latin American cultural and religious context. 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.
PBS 2017 POV Season