January 2, 1997
Film Screening of Ana Coyne Alonso Films about Nicaragua
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
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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