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A sometimes magical, nearly always neorealist narrative short film, "Abuela" follows Amelia, who has late-stage Alzheimer’s, in her last thirty-six hours in her home, focusing on the interactions she has with her granddaughter Nayeli. Through a series of match-cuts and crossfades indicating flashes back in time and Nayeli’s memories of her and her grandmother, parts of Amelia’s story and being are pieced together. Because of the film's approach to show the beauty, and sometimes joy, in the mundane, it explores themes like domestic work, particularly when these responsibilities are placed upon women, domestic life, and the restorative nature of nature.

Ana Hoppert Flores

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