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NYWIFT Member Screening: Ana and I & The Battle Below

The NYWIFT Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. The screening will be held at the Anthology Film Archives, followed by networking at a nearby bar. NYWIFT member Kerry Fulton produced Ana and I and Caroline Ceniza-Levine produced The Battle Below.  They will both be available for Q&A immediately following the screening, along with others from the projects.

Ana and I

When the youngest child of a large Spanish family dies following an accident, the siblings' single mother decides to prevent the other children from dealing with their sudden loss. Director and NYWIFT member Primavera Ruiz examines her mother Ana's immediate choice to adopt another child of the same age from Equatorial Guinea and give the adoptive daughter the same name as the deceased baby girl. A decade later, Prima's mother also adopts the first adoptive daughter's biological sister. 

By embarking on a quest to answer the questions behind these decisions, Prima also discovers secrets behind her father's death, the real reasons for her family's sudden move to rural country and Ana's ambitions for her children to become an elite equestrian vaulting team. Ana and I tells the story of a daughter's search for the real person behind the facade of the mother she thought she knew.

The Battle Below
The Battle Below
The Battle Below

Derek hated the neighborhood he grew up in and sought to escape.  However, he decides to make the return journey, now a young college professor. Upon his arrival, he finds many expected yet surreal changes throughout the urban landscape of his youth: the housing projects have given way to a Whole Foods Market, rents are extremely high, and in the jobless market, young people have taken to fighting in dungeons with swords and axes for money. What? Told in several episodes, The Battle Below turns the city return narrative on its head. Producer and NYWIFT member Caroline Ceniza-Levine will be present for a Q&A session following the film.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts