Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 9:30 PM
RESISTIMOS (We Resist) by Diana Quiñones Rivera
RESISTIMOS (We Resist) is a feature length documentary film about current socio-economic issues in Puerto Rico seen through the lives of Bomba practitioners. Bomba is an Afro Puerto Rican music and dance tradition that was created by enslaved people who used it to organize escapes and revolts all over the island. Resistimos documents the resurgence of the genre as a tool to fight corruption, gender inequality, and the austerity measures imposed in Puerto Rico by the U.S. federal government’s Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (P.R.O.M.E.S.A.) and its Fiscal Control Board (a.k.a. La Junta) starting in 2016.
RESISTIMOS es un largometraje documental sobre problemas socioeconómicos actuales en Puerto Rico vistos a través de las vidas de los practicantes de Bomba. La bomba es una tradición de música y danza afro puertorriqueña que fue creada por personas esclavizadas que la usaron para organizar fugas y revueltas por toda la isla. Resistimos documenta el resurgimiento del género como una herramienta para combatir la corrupción, la desigualdad de género y las medidas de austeridad impuestas en Puerto Rico por la Ley de Supervisión, Administración y Estabilidad Económica de Puerto Rico, conocida como P.R.O.M.E.S.A. por sus siglas en inglés, del gobierno federal de los EE.UU. y su Junta de Control Fiscal a partir del 2016.
—Director: Diana Quiñones Rivera. 2021. Puerto Rico. 67 min.
BxFW SHORTS | CORTOS:
- LONG YEARNING is a cinematic exploration of the lives of Chinese factory workers and the nature of repetitive industrialised work. The film is intermixed with written excerpts of traditional Chinese poetry, creating a surreal merging between modern and ancient China. // LONG YEARNING (Largo Anhelo) es una exploración cinematográfica de la vida de los trabajadores de una fábrica china y la naturaleza del trabajo industrializado repetitivo. La película se entremezcla con extractos escritos de poesía tradicional china, creando una fusión surrealista entre la China antigua y la moderna.—Director: Elliot J. Spencer. 2017. Australia. 14 min.
- HIPERREALIDADES (Hiperrealities). Understanding ‘hyperreality’ as the inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality, this work represents the search for a memory, a longing, that finds itself within a virtual space—a dilemma about the relationship between the external and the internal, imagination and reality. // HIPERREALIDADES. Entendiendo la ‘hiperrealidad’ como la incapacidad de la conciencia de distinguir la realidad de una simulación de la realidad, este trabajo representa la búsqueda de un recuerdo, un anhelo, que se encuentra a sí mismo dentro de un espacio virtual—un dilema sobre la relación entre lo externo y lo interno, la imaginación y la realidad. —Director: Carlos S. Peña. 2021. Canary Islands. 2 min.
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DIANA QUIÑONES RIVERA started her filmmaking career in 2006 under the mentorship of the legendary Albert Maysles. Her documentary film It’s a Feeling, Dancing with Jeff Selby was screened at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2014 and at the Cinédanse Film Festival in Quebec in 2015. Quiñones Rivera completed a fellowship with Kartemquin Film’s Diverse Voices in Docs in 2016. The same year, she directed the music video for Zeshan B’s “Cryin’ In The Streets.” The video premiered in 2017 and was featured in Rolling Stone magazine, American Songwriter, Impose magazine, and the Chicago Reader. In 2017 Quiñones Rivera screened the first episode of her new docu-series, Darling Shear, at the NewFest Film Festival in New York City and the DuSable Museum of Chicago. The first season is available on OTV. She obtained a B.A. in Film and Literature at University of Puerto Rico, a Post Graduate certificate in Filmmaking at London Film School and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, NYC.
ELLIOT J. SPENCER is an award-winning Australian Filmmaker/Photographer based in Queensland. He has a strong background in documentary, commercial, narrative, arts, and experimental filmmaking. Recent Awards have included Best Film Human Rights at the Life After Oil International Film Festival in Sardinia, Best Biographical Film at World Film Fair in New York, Best Documentary at the ASIA Peace Film Festival in Pakistan, Best Experimental Film at the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards , and Overall Festival Winner at The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) International Documentary Film Awards (IDFA) in Japan.
CARLOS S. PEÑA is an audiovisual artist born in Gran Canaria, who works jointly in video and sound design. After having studied music production at the Escuela de Música Creativa in Madrid, he began to experiment with video in a self-taught way, something that he later complemented with studies in documentary film and cinematography. His current output combines sound and filmed image, notalbe projects include Clavius, with pianist Héctor Saavedra, Voluble Geometries, with musician Manolo Rodríguez, and Karlst AV Show, his solo musical project.
Trailer and still frame from Resistimos by Diana Quiñones Rivera reproduced by courtesy of the artist.
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Date & Time
APRIL 6, 2022
9:30 PM Eastern
Bronx Film Wednesdays
Diana Quiñones Rivera
Elliot J. Spencer
Carlos S. Peña