First-time director Cecilia Aldarondo makes her documentary debut in this year’s U.S. Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival by delving into her own family history with “Memories of a Penitent Heart.”
filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, embarks on an excavation into a quagmire of
unresolved family drama. Like many gay men in the 1980s, Miguel moved
from Puerto Rico to New York City; he found a career in theater and a
rewarding relationship. Yet, on his deathbed he grappled to reconcile
his homosexuality with his Catholic upbringing. Now, decades after his
death, Cecilia locates Miguel’s lover Robert, who has been shunned and
demonized by the family, in order to understand the whole story.
Braiding recently discovered home movies, interviews, and contemporary
vérité footage, ‘Memories of a Penitent Heart’ dissects a family
secret while exploring the AIDS crisis and the rarely heard story of
Latino artists who died in the early days of the epidemic.”
“Memories of a Penitent Heart” will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 4. Check out our exclusive trailer above and poster below.