Memories of a Penitent Heart

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30 | No admittance after 7:30

co-presented with POV

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 (Cecilia Aldarondo / 2016 / 54 min) 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.

Post-Screening Q&A

Following the screening, we will be joined by Executive Producer Esther Robinson for a discussion moderated by Whitney Joiner.

Esther Robinson has worked on behalf of artists for over 20 years in many capacities, including foundation program officer, television and film producer/director, technology entrepreneur and arts activist. Esther is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker/producer, whose work has won top prizes at the Berlin, Tribeca and Chicago film festivals and screened to critical acclaim internationally.

Whitney Joiner is the co-founder and co-editor of The Recollectors, a storytelling site and community for people who have lost parents to AIDS. She is also the Senior Features Editor for Hearst Digital Media and a former Senior Editor at Marie Claire magazine.


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This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV.

This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that highlights innovative and provocative work from the independent filmmaking community.

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