Subjects: Cinema, Narrative Feature, Latin American Studies
Shot on 16mm film in long, thoughtful takes, Roland Dahwen’s debut feature tells the story of an immigrant family in Oregon whose life is disrupted when it’s revealed that the father has a second family. Reeling from this news, his wife Leonora must choose to either leave her husband, her dying mother, and her son, who has a mysterious illness—or to move on, and let her husband take responsibility for the family he’s destroyed. Haunted by memories, Leonora now struggles between her desires and her responsibilities. With a pace that mimics real life contemplations, Borrufa straddles the line between documentary and narrative, while the generational tragedies of human error slowly creep through the screen.
Official Selection at Portland International Film Festival
About the filmmaker
Roland Dahwen is a filmmaker whose work explores migration, race, and memory. His video installations and films have exhibited in festivals, galleries, and museums in the US, Brazil, Italy, Cuba, and the Netherlands. He is a recipient of the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, an artist-in-residence at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Creative Exchange Lab, and a finalist for Seattle Art Museum's Betty Bowen Award. Borrufa is his first feature film.