Memories of a Penitent Heart

One of FILMMAKER magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” Cecilia Aldarondo brings us Memories of a Penitent Heart — the story of her uncle, Miguel, who passed away from AIDS. Twenty-five years prior, Miguel moved from Puerto Rico to New York City where he lived as an openly gay man working in theater. Decades after her uncle’s death, using home movies and interviews with family members including Miguel’s former lover, Aldarondo explores the battles Miguel endured — from family drama, the struggles of growing up as a gay Catholic, and his fight with the deadly disease. Memories of a Penitent Heart also delves into the stories of the many Latino artists that perished during the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

Film Showings:
Fri. 4/15 – 7:30 PM – Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9
Sun. 4/17 – 10:00 PM – Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 9
Wed. 4/20 – 9:15 PM – Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea 4
Sat. 4/23 – 5:00 PM – Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-3

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About The Author

Born to Dominican parents in NYC and raised in Passaic, NJ, in nearly a decade as an entertainment writer, Emmanuel Ureña has written for numerous publications, including VIBE,,, LLERO, Urban Ink, Inked, and many others. When he’s not typing away on his MacBook, Ureña is reading fictional novels and comic books while enjoying ice-cold Blue Moon beers. You might also find him at a local tattoo shop getting some fresh ink!

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