Film Screening: Perfume de Gardenias

Event Date
Uptown Campus
Stone Auditorium (Woldenburg 210)
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Join the Department of English, Center for Scholars, The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT), The Undergraduate Activities Fund, and the The Institute for Cuban and Caribbean Studies in a screening for the Puerto Rican film, Perfume de Gardenias, and a Q&A with Director, Macha Colón. 


Perfume de Gardenias is a breakthrough film for the Puerto Rican film industry and one of the twenty-first century's most important Puerto Rican films. It tackles the social landscape of post-hurricane Maria Puerto Rico through the eyes of a group of aging Puerto Rican women, and explores Puerto Ricans’ relationship to death in the wake of the trauma of Hurricane Maria and over a decade of severe economic and political crisis.

The tagline for the film is, "After the death of her husband, a grieving elderly woman is enlisted by a coterie of gossipy elderly women in her neighborhood to plan and create custom funerals."

It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2021, won Best International Narrative at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2021, won Best Feature Narrative at the Puerto Rico International Film Festival in 2021, and spent more than 20 weeks in Puerto Rico’s Movie Theaters!