The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is proud to announce the film retrospective series "Lourdes Portillo: La Cineasta Inquisitiva" taking place June 22 - 30 in New York City. For over 30 years, Lourdes Portillo's award-wining films have explored Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano experiences and social-justice issues. In her signature hybrid style, she has produced and directed over a dozen works as a visual artist, investigative journalist, and activist.
After the Earthquake, her first film, made with Nina Serrano In 1979, is a narrative short about the experiences of a young Nicaraguan woman immigrant to the United States. This was followed by Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (1985), an Academy Award–nominated documentary about the courageous Argentinean mothers’ movement that spoke out for that country's desaparecidos. La Ofrenda (1989) brings to vivid life the Day of the Dead ceremony celebrated in Mexico, and its revival by Chicanos in the U.S. Her dedication, insights, and courage in exploring Chicano and Latino identity on film continues to the present with her most recent film, Al Mas Alla, about drug trafficking on the Mexican coastline.
Portillo will be in attendance for the opening four days of the retrospective, including on Friday, June 22, for the New York premiere of Al Más Allá. She will also participate in a discussion with filmmaker and Sundance award-winner Natalia Almada after the screening of The Devil Never Sleeps on Saturday, June 23.