Independent U.S. film directors Lacy Schwartz and Ramona Diaz visited Recife on the first stop of the Mission’s American Film Showcase (AFS) Program. During two days in Recife, the filmmakers screened their documentaries and talked to students about movie industry.
Lacey’s film Little White Lie, an autobiographical account of her own path to discovering her racial identity, was screened to a public audience in the Quilombo community of Bomba do Hemetério neighborhood. Following the screening, Lacey participated in a Q&A with the audience. On March 11, both directors participated in screenings and workshops – Ramona screened Don’t Stop Believing, a documentary on Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was found on YouTube to become the new singer for the American band Journey – revolving around their films with students at three local film schools: two universities and a media and art school for underserved youth.
The filmmakers also met prominent local film industry professionals Tuca Siqueira, Pedro Severien and Kleber Mendonça Filho, who is the director of Neighboring Sounds.