Following the success of the “Carpinteros” screening in November, the open air cinema in Altos de Chavón is back! Next Thursday, the Dirección General de Cine, Chavon School of Design, and Casa de Campo invite you to the amphitheater for a showing of “Nana”, a documentary exploring the journey and sacrifice live-in nannies experience while trying to care for their families. The film was directed by Dominican filmmaker, Tatiana Fernández.
Tatiana Fernández, born and based in Santo Domingo, studied advertising communications and began her career assisting commercial photographers while studying fashion and still life photography in Milan. It wasn’t until after she returned to the Dominican Republic in 2008, and volunteered to interpret, that she discovered her passion for documenting people’s real stories and daily lives. Tatiana decided to change her focus from commercial to personal and enrolled in photojournalism classes receiving her Masters degree from the University of Missouri. Upon returning to the Dominican Republic again, she began working as a documentary filmmaker, taking on freelance photography for clients such as The New York Times, Associated Press, and Al Jazeera America. In 2013, she received a grant to produce her first ever feature-length documentary film, and “Nana” was born. “Nana” premiered at the Havana Film Festival in 2015 and has traveled the festival circuit since, screening in Chicago, New York, Madrid, Antigua and many other cities gaining recognition for its tragic and beautiful take on motherly love. The film won the award for Best Feature in the Dominican Republic at the III RDoc International Film Festival in March 2016.
“Nana” follows the life of three women who leave their children with relatives while they work as live-in nannies for affluent families’ children. The documentary jumps back and forth from rural and urban scenes, diving into the real challenges that these mothers face balancing both families. The nannies develop strong relationships with the children they are nannying, experiencing their childhoods first hand and becoming surrogate parents, while their own children are raised by relatives in distant towns. The documentary is a true commentary on what motherly love is, and just how far women will go to care for their families.
Be sure to clear your calendars for next Thursday, the 18th, because this documentary is one you won’t want to miss! The screening begins under the stars at 6:30 pm at the Amphitheater in Altos de Chavón!
What: “Nana” Film Screening
When: Thursday, January 18th
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Altos de Chavón Amphitheater
Screening: “Nana” by Tatiana Fernández
* Images from nanaeldocumental.com