Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 9:30 PM


Bronx Film Wednesdays – Independent films you will love.

Luz in Latin America, the first feature film by director Amanda Nemcik, is the inspiring account of international bodyboarding star Luz ‘Loly’ Grande—a young woman on a personal mission to make bodyboarding a means to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru. Alternating between interviews with Loly and scenes of her interacting with children on the beach, this engrossing documentary tells the origins of bodyboarding and its subsequent development as an extreme sport with a multicultural profile. Also featuring pioneers and champions of bodyboarding in Puerto Rico such as Carlo Rivera, Babby Quiñones, Evaristo Merced, Aníbal Santiago, Alfredo Riollanos, Cano Ruiz, and Robert Vega, as well as world bodyboarding stars such as Neymara Carvalho of Brazil, César Bauer of Peru, Facundo Ciapina of Argentina, and Ruth Parra of Venezuela.

LUZ IN LATIN AMERICA. 2016. Puerto Rico. 80 min. Spanish and Portuguese with English titles.

9:30 PM | Bronx Film Wednesdays Digital on BronxNet TV — Hosted by BronxNet’s Sonyi Lopez and featuring brand new interview with the film director.


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—Cable: 67 Optimum
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Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW) screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity. This year, BxFW goes digital in partnership with BronxNet Community Television, bringing our monthly screenings online and to public access television!

More About The Artists – Click To Open

AMANDA NEMCIK (1984-) was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has a Master Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Cinema and Audiovisual Communication from the Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires and a B.A. in Drama from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. She became a film and a theatre actress, at a very young age, under the tutelage of Cuban filmmaker Enrique Pineda (1933-) and other local Theater directors. While a Drama student she co-founded Nomads Productions, a college theater group for which she produced and acted. Her short documentary Copyleft … a challenge to copyright in Argentina was selected to screen at the Convention of the Market of Cultural Industries in Argentina (MICA 2012). The animated stop-motion short Water —which she co-produced and co-directed with fellow UCA students— was selected for Cinefiesta 2012 and Divercine 2013 festivals and became a finalist in the Environmental Film Festival of San Juan 2012. Amanda works producing mini-documentaries and commercials for private firms and public agencies. Her next independent project is Ecoloriza, a stop motion animation that addresses the danger to our planet posed by the excessive production and inadequate disposal of solid wastes. Amanda has been an amateur bodyboarder since age 15.

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Still photo from Luz in Latin America reproduced by courtesy of the director.

Special thanks to our media broadcast partners at BronxNet Community Television.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our distinguished funders, visit

Event Details

  • Location

    Facebook Live
    67 Optimum
    2133 FIOS

  • Date & Time

    AUGUST 4, 2021
    9:30 PM Eastern

  • Bronx Film Wednesdays

    Amanda Nemcik

    Sonyi Lopez