The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (IPRHFF)’s mission is to create platforms that allow a diverse pool of influencers in filmmaking to reach a broader audience. We develop programs that allow local and international filmmakers, from emerging artists to film industry veterans, to reach out to audiences throughout New York City and beyond.
Our goal is to foster a collaborative environment for artists from all countries to explore issues inherent to the heritage of Puerto Rico, its diaspora, and explore stories relevant to the larger Latino community.
Love Cecy, Ripped from the headlines, Love Cecy takes audiences back to the cholo, free-style culture of 1990s Richmond, California as it retells the story of 15 year old Cecilia Rios. The film follows Rios’ promising beginnings- striving to become a lawyer while keeping her cholo boyfriend off the streets- to its tragic end on March 14, 1994, when her brutal murder was chronicled by newspapers across the country.
El Túnel is a short film that documents the most significant architecture and infrastructure work of the 20th century for the western area of PR, specifically for Isabela. The tunnel of Guajataca, architectural jewel of the 20th century, forgotten in the 21st century.
Atrevidos, A man invited one of the most notorious and controversial leaders in the 20th century, Fidel Castro, to one of the most afflicted urban areas in the country, The Bronx. Residing in the Bronx for 50 years, Julio has seen the highs and lows of his neighborhood. But in 1995, the U.N. held their 50th Anniversary. While the Mayor at the time invited most of the world leaders to various dinners and events, Julio decided to have a dinner of his own and invite Fidel Castro to his Sierra Maestra.
Sangre, Through the lens of mixed media and original music, Sangre explores the comforts of culture, the expectations of Latinx women in society, and the journey to finally love yourself for who you are.
No Es Mi Presidente, “No Es Mi Presidente” (Not My Presidente) is a bilingual music video anthem for resistance in the age of Trump. Inspired by Asili’s experience performing at The Women’s March on Washington, the video celebrates our long history of social change.
Plant the Seed, is a music video documentary by Taína Asili 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.
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