Join us for UMN alumna Cecilia Aldarondo's moving and critical film "Memories of a Penitent Heart" (2016).
Discussion moderated by
Dr. Jane Blocker, Department of Art History
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 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.
Light dinner will be provided at 5:30pm
Screening begins at 6pm
Discussion with the filmmaker to follow
Film run time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Co-sponsored by: Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature - CSCL Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity - University of Minnesota Moving Image Studies - MIMS, UMN Department of Art - Regis Center for Art & Katherine E. Nash Gallery