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One Book, One New York & AFF Present: Raquel Cepeda’s Some Girls

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 7:00 pm


Some Girls

Director: Raquel Cepeda
Country: Dominican Republic/USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 50 min.
Language: English

Some Girls explores the intersection of Latina-American identity by focusing on a group of troubled teenage girls—including two main protagonists—from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who feel rejected and shackled by binary Black and white constructs but are transformed through an exploration of their roots. In the course of the film, shot over four years, they use ancestral DNA testing to discover their roots, learning more about themselves and, by extension, Latinxs New World history. On a sojourn to Dominican Republic, they explore issues of social justice, ethnic studies, history, and identity.

In collaboration with the MOME, and Lehman College, AFF will host a special screening of Raquel Cepeda’s new film Some Girl, followed by a moderated discussion about storytelling, identity, and the immigrant experience, as part of the 24th New York African Film Festival. The full list of One Book, One New York events is available here.

(Q&A with Raquel Cepeda)