January 2, 1997

Film Screening of Ana Coyne Alonso Films about Nicaragua at Twilight

The Middlebury College Latin American studies program, film/video, social sciences division, Spanish department, and women's studies, recently presented a film screening, "White Dresses and Other Short Films About Nicaragua," by writer/director Ana Coyne Alonso.

Ms. Alonso is a filmmaker whose work focuses on Nicaragua. Half-Nicaraguan, half-North American, she was born and spent her early childhood in Nicaragua, but completed her education in the United States. She received a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College, an M.S. from the Columbia School of Journalism, and studied film at the University of California, San Diego, with cinematographer and filmmaker Babette Mangolte and director Jean-Pierre Gorin.

Ms. Alonso has written, directed and produced five short films which are currently being screened in various national and international festivals, art galleries and museums, including the Modern Museum of Art in New York and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Her last film, "White Dresses," received the 1995 Cary Grant Film Award of the Princess Grace Awards for emerging artists. She calls her work "interpretive" filmmaking--films utilizing both documentary and narrative strategies to convey meaning. Her films tell stories about Nicaragua from a woman's perspective. Each film attempts to understand the complex intersection of history, politics, religion, class and culture within Nicaragua in a way that reflects a larger context as well.

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