ID STUDIO FILM FIESTA PRESENTS:
RETURN TO THE ANDES
MITCHELL TEPLITSKI (2019), 50 min
February 1st, 2019, 7:30 pm.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
311 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY
Q & A SESSION WITH THE DIRECTOR AFTER THE SCREENING
After living in New York City for 20 years, dancer-turned -social entrepreneur Nelida Silva returns to her Peru birthplace with a dream of helping rural women start businesses. That’s a daunting challenge in the Andes, where many women are marginalized. But few things deter Nelida, and she succeeds in organizing cooperatives around skills like weaving and quinoa. Then the unexpected happens — she’s invited to run for mayor by a new political party. Fed up with the region's decline and corruption, she accepts the challenge. Can she become the first woman to win, running on a platform of sustainable development and anti-corruption?
Mitch Teplitsky is a documentary filmmaker, specializing in telling stories about Latin American artists and immigrants for public television and educational/community spaces. Return to the Andes is a follow-up to his first documentary Soy Andina, which aired on PBS and screened at hundreds of venues worldwide. he produced New American Girls, a web series about (Dreamers) undocumented immigrants for Latino Public Broadcasting and PBS.org, and returned to Peru as a Fulbright Specialist. Mitch is also a marketing and distribution expert for media and non-profits. Prior to producing, Mitch was the marketing director for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Mitch was actually born in the Bronx (in the Kingsbridge section), so this screening is a "Return to the Bronx"!