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“Resiliencia” Film Series: Taina Asili
September 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
As an always expanding artist, Taína Asili’s music career has launched her into the realm of filmmaking in the role of a celebrated director and producer. Her music videos “No Es Mi Presidente,” and “Freedom,” inspired by social justice movements, have been lauded by the likes of Rolling Stone and Billboard. Her music video “We Are Rising” made in collaboration with One Billion Rising was celebrated around the world, receiving over half a million views in its first week of release. Most recently, Asili directed and produced a music video documentary series to accompany her newest album Resiliencia. The first two shorts in the series, “Plant the Seed” and “Resiliencia” won awards and were screened at numerous film festivals across the country. This film screening and conversation will feature four documentary shorts in the series followed by a discussion with participants.
Resiliencia [watch trailer] – Resiliencia follows the journey of NY-born Puerto Rican social justice musician Taína Asili as she travels across the island to have intimate conversations with four women artists and activists about their experiences during and after the hurricanes. The film documents the natural and unnatural devastation to the island and its people, while lifting up the resilience, creativity, and strength of the Puerto Rican nation and the human spirit. Awards: Winner; Best Documentary; International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (NYC) / Official Selection; Global Peace Film Festival (Orlando, FL), Workers Unite Film Festival (NYC).
Plant the Seed [watch trailer] – Plant the Seed is a music video documentary short about black farmer and educator Leah Penniman and her journey to become the co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement.
Who I Am [watch trailer] – Who I Am is a music video documentary short about Paola Gonzalez, a trans woman born and raised in Puerto Rico, who finds empowerment in her gender identity as she journeys to Upstate New York and becomes a professional wrestler.
Beauty Manifested – Beauty Manifested is a music video documentary short that shares activist Sophia Smart’s journey to interrupt abusive patterns of fat shaming passed down in her family and perpetuated in her community, in order to heal ancestral trauma and reclaim love of her body, mind and spirit.