At one point in the history of New York and specifically in Harlem, the Puerto Rican population was large due to migration that began in the 19th century when they were persuaded to leave their island, Puerto Rico, for Better-paying jobs in the United States The majority settled in East Harlem, El Barrio, and today those same streets are inhabited primarily by Puerto Ricans, with significant numbers of Dominican, Cuban, and Mexican immigrants.
Enter the Puerto Rican Heritage International Film Festival. Now in its 12th year, it is clear on its mission to create platforms that allow a diverse pool of influencers in film to reach wider audiences. They develop programs that enable local and international filmmakers, from emerging artists to film industry veterans, to reach audiences throughout New York City and beyond.
This year, the IPRHFF presented Rosie Perez with a lifetime achievement award and the screening included 75 independent films, shorts, web series and music videos from around the world.
Accepting her 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at El Museo De Barrio, the award-winning actress offered it in her warm and often very funny acceptance speech: “I’m not going to lie. It’s hard. It’s hard. Especially for us. But don’t give up. Don’t give them that satisfaction. Know who you are…know the business inside and out…and don’t be afraid to develop some stories that need to be told. Some stories are not just specific to our community, but stories very specific to the human spirit and the human condition. Because that’s storytelling. These are human beings.
One of the shorts that stands out from the rest is “Daughter of the Sea” written and directed by Alexis C. Garcia. The film stars Puerto Rican American superstar Princess Nokia as a young woman who receives a spiritual call from Yemaya and is filmed on location in Puerto Rico. It won Best Live Action Short Film.
Here are the winners of the IPRHFF, which doubled attendance from last year this year.
Best Animation: “The Walls”
Best student film: “Tip Your Pizza Guy”
Best Music Video: “Round and Round”
Best Live Action Short Film: “Daughter of the Sea”
Honorable mention: “Can I have your plate?” »
Honorable Mention: “The Fix”
Best Documentary Short: “Puntadas Invisibles”
Honorable Mention: “Villas Pesqueras”
Honorable Mention: “Simple Locura: Henry Cole”
Best Web-series: “Slimes”
Honorable Mention: “Papa-raphy”
Best Documentary: “The Biggest Dream”
Honorable Mention: “Silent Beauty”
Honorable Mention: “Stewards of the Land”
Best Narrative Feature: “Mixtape”
Honorable Mention: “Planet b234 Estrella Borinqueña: Memorias de Mi Familia”
Best Experimental Film: “AVA”
Best Director: Luis Enrique Rodríguez, “Todo Por Amor”
Best Actress: Juliana Rivera, “Todo Por Amor”
Best Actor: Martín Solá, “May I Take It Your Plate?”
Audience Award: “For Those to Come” (“Por Los Que Vienen”)
For more information, visit iprhff.org.