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Mikael Wiström, Alberto Herskovits, 2010
Sweden | Spanish with English subtitles | 82 minutes
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A poignant and powerful documentary, Familia sensitively observes one matriarch's decision to go to work as a hotel maid in Spain and the impact that choice has on her extended family in Peru. Working with a family they have known for over 35 years, Mikael Wiström and Alberto Herskovits take an emotional look at the family’s separation due to economic circumstances, providing a unique insight into the experience of thousands of families who do the same each year. The film develops the double plot line of Naty’s lonely life in unknown surroundings as a maid in Spain and the life of Daniel, her husband, and the family she leaves behind in Peru. Stunning camera work adds to the emotional strength of the film as each member of the family struggles to cope in her or his own way.
Presented in partnership with Cinema Tropical and El Museo del Barrio