Directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada
Dominican Republic/Spain, Narrative, 2018, 90 mins., in Spanish with English subtitles
Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. (directors in attendance, program concludes no later than 11:15 a.m.)
Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (directors in attendance, program concludes no later than 2 p.m.)
Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave. (inside the Portland Art Museum)
Themes & Subjects: Dominican Republic / Caribbean Culture, Class & Classicism, Race & Racism, Adolescence, Family Relations
Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old biracial Miriam has been anonymously chatting online with Jean-Louis just ahead of her quinceañera while her mother obsesses over dress fittings, couples dance practice, decoration decisions, and finalizing the guest list. But when Miriam attempts to meet up IRL with Jean-Louis and invite him to her birthday party, the politics of race and class in the Dominican Republic are brought to the surface, leading Miriam to create a string of lies and plunge into a crisis of identity. Dulce Rodríguez gives an understated performance as Miriam in this sensitive first dramatic feature by documentary duo Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, highlighting the teen’s own mental anguish against her mother’s manic preparations and microaggressions and the carefree attitude of her upper-class schoolmates.
Resources for teachers:
Miriam Lies Press Kit, including Director bio and interview (in English).