Edition 20: 6-14 August, 2021

Balkan Dox

Landfall

United States
2020 — 91 min / Colour

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Synopsis

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?

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Directors' Biography

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 the 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 Cinema Eye and Film Independent Spirit Award nominations. 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.

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Director

Cecilia Aldarondo

Producer

Cecilia Aldarondo

Ines Hofmann Kanna

Editing

Terra Jean Long

Sound

Gisela Fullà Silvestre

Screenings & Awards

DOC NYC, United States, 2020
Viewfinders Grand Jury Prize

Florida FF, United States, 2020
Best Documentary Feature

Guanajuato IFF, Mexico, 2020
Best International Documentary Feature

Tribeca , United States, 2020

Hot Docs, Canada, 2020

Official Film Website

https://www.landfallfilm.com/