Tania Cypriano’s documentary portrays the lives of a family of Brazilian immigrants in the United States over more than 20 years, using their own home video footage. Enchantment turns into disillusionment, idealization to conformity, as images and voices depict how newly arriving immigrants see their new world and struggle to establish a final home. My Grandmother Has a Video Camera is fast-paced and funny, as well as an endearing take on the issues of migration, displacement and the search for an identity.
Pinta the Bird / La pájara pinta
Paula Heredia, El Salvador, 2006; 10m
A book opens to create this story of a village in the smallest country of the American continent, where the magical legend of Pinta the Bird makes a boy and a girl’s dreams come true.
Paz Fábrega, Costa Rica, 2006; 22m
In a small village on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, two girls grow closer as they while away the summer together. Studying, doing chores, dealing with a pregnancy and spending balmy evenings on the beach, they are buoyed by the excitement and angst they’ve found at the threshold of adulthood.
Sun Sep 9: 1:30*
*Preceded by a noon brunch in the Furman Gallery (adjacent to the Walter Reade Theater lobby) open to all ticket holders. Several filmmakers are expected to attend.
Tue Sep 11: 6:30
Q&A with directors Tania Cypriano, Paula Heredia & Paz Fábrega after both screenings