Daughter of the Sea (2022)

Synopsis: An ominous vision preempts the passing of Yanise’s grandfather. Unable to return to Puerto Rico immediately, Yanise (Princess Nokia) arrives three months later and is welcomed by her family. At breakfast, she describes a recurring dream of being held in the ocean. Her grandmother recognizes it as a calling from Yemayá, and shares a ritual that leads to a spiritual awakening for Yanise.

Format: Narrative Short (19 min)

Credits

Writer/Director: Alexis C. Garcia
Cast: Princess Nokia, Migdalia Rosario, Joanne Gil Rivera, Niambi Sala, Dorayma Mercado, Maria Luisa ‘Mussa’ Marin, Lizbeth Mora De León, Lester Nurse, Pia Love, Se Baila Bomba
Executive Producers:  Selina Morales, Princess Nokia, Matt Detisch, Alexis C. Garcia
Producer: Debora Perez
Co Producers: Carlo Javier, Toby Lawless
Cinematographers: Joshua Echevarria
Editors: Matt Detisch
Music: René G. Boscio
Production Design: Ana Paula Texiera
Country: Puerto Rico
Running Time: 19 min.

Awards 

Best Narrative Short – Festival De Cine Latino Americano – September 2022, Puerto Rican International Heritage Film Festival – November 2022, Athens International Festival – January 2023, Afro Latino Film Festival – May 2023
Jury Award – Official Latino Film Festival – December 2022
Best Indigenous Short – BendFilm Festival – October 2022
Best Latino Short – Cannes World Film Festival – June 2022, Alder International Short Film Festival – October 2022
Festival Director’s Award – Paris Independent Film Festival – April 2023
Best Director – Art Film Awards – August 2022, Venice Shorts Festival – November 2022, Alder International Short Film Festival – October 2022, Green Mountain Film Festival – July 2023
Best Actress – Princess Nokia – SHORT to the Point – August 2022, LUSCA Fantastic Film Festival – October 2022, Sao Paolo International Film Festival – December 2022, Green Mountain Film Festival – July 2023
Best Cinematography – SHORT to the Point – August 2022, Blackbird Film Festival – May 2023, Green Mountain Film Festival – July 2023, Catalina Film Festival – September 2023
Best Editing – Art Film Awards – August 2022, Green Mountain Film Festival – July 2023
Best Sound Design – Alder International Short Film Festival – October 2022
All Power To The People Award – Fist Up Film Festival – October 2022
Susana Dosamantes Award – Alder International Short Film Festival – October 2022
Jeune Regards Award – Nouveaux Regards Film Festival – March 2023

Festivals 

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival 2022
HollyShorts Film Festival 2022
BendFilm Festival 2022
SHORT to the Point 2022
New York Latino Film Festival 2022
International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival 2022
San Francisco Latino Film Festival 2022
LUSCA Fantastic Film Fest 2022
Festival De Cine Latino Americano – NORTE 2022
Black Femme Supremacy Film Festival 2022
Seattle Latino Film Festival 2022
Art Film Awards 2022
Cannes World Film Festival 2022
Georgia Latino International Film Festival 2022
Fist Up Film Festival 2022
Tampa Bay Latin International Film Festival 2022
Alder International Short Film Festival 2022
Ojai Film Festival 2022
Isabela International Film Festival 2022
CINE MIAMI FEST 2022
Official Latino Film and Arts Festival 2022
Venice Shorts 2022
Cannes Shorts 2022
Sao Paolo International Film Festival 2023
LA Independent Women Film Awards 2023
Toronto International Women Film Festival 2023 Santa Monica Film Festival 2023
The Pan African Film Festival 2023
Miami International Film Festival 2023
San Diego Latino Film Festival 2023
Chicago Latino Film Festival 2023
Paris Independent Film Festival 2023
Caracas Iberoamerican Film Festival 2023
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival 2023
Athens International Film and Video Festival 2023
Blackbird Film Festival 2023
Golden Giraffe International Film Festival 2023
Green Mountain International Film Festival 2023
French Guadalupe Film Festival 2023
Hairouna Film Festival 2023
CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2023
Seattle International Film Festival 2023
Palm Springs Shorts Fest 2023
Bentonville Film Festival 2023
Maui Film Festival 2023
Afro Latino Film Festival 2023

Media/Press

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

CCCADI Interview

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