Competition Documentary Feature
Directed by: Cecilia Aldarondo
USA, 2020, 91m
In English and Spanish with English Subtitles
Southeast Premiere/2nd US Screening
When Hurricane Maria hurtled towards Puerto Rico in September 2017, the damage caused by its immense force left waves of devastation and anger throughout the land. In its wake, the Puerto Rican people felt abandoned by insufficient governmental aid and began rallying for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Florida Film Festival alum Cecilia Aldarondo (Memories of a Penitent Heart, FFF 2016) turns an intimate lens on everyday life in the two years between Maria’s touchdown and the removal of Governor Rosselló, offering a poetic and sobering look at the damage caused by inaction and the exhaustion brought on by the never-ending process of recovery. In contrast to the official death toll of 64, the real count of lives lost has recently been estimated at somewhere near 5,000. Landfall offers an explicit recognition of the grief faced by the people of Puerto Rico, and the difficulty of balancing the act of moving forward with the necessity of revisiting the critical injustices of the past.
An 8mm tour of some of Staten Island’s lesser known statues, and the factoids behind the memorials, culminates in a giant Hummel figurine. But why? Because.