Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Tempestad (2017)

Screening format: Quicktime (105 minutes)

Director: Tatiana Huezo

The event is free but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat. 

Tempestad presents the parallel stories of two women victimized by corruption in Mexico. In this lyrical documentary, the two subjects' voices echo over the landscape and highways of Mexico, moving from north to south. They describe how official injustice allowed violence to take control of their lives, desires, and dreams. The film conveys the paralyzing power of fear: fear as a sickness that prevents you from taking a stand on your future and the future of your children, and which clouds your ability to dream and grow.

Miriam, one of the film's two subjects, was arrested at her workplace and accused, without proof, of human trafficking. The violence she suffered and was exposed to during her imprisonment has left a profound gap in her life. Adela works as a clown in a traveling circus. Ten years ago, her life was irreversibly transformed when her daughter disappeared; every night during the show, she evokes her missing child.

Director Tatiana Huezo will join UCSB Professor of Film & Media Studies Cristina Venegas for a post-screening Q&A.

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Writer/Director Tatiana Huezo

Tatiana Huezo studied film at Mexico's Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) and at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her filmography as director, writer, cinematographer, and editor includes documentary films and fictional short films. Her first film, The Tiniest Place (Mexico, 2011), screened at over 50 film festivals around the world, receiving over 40 awards. Her short film Absences (Mexico, 2015) won the Best Short Film Award at the Guanajuato International Film Festival and an Ariel Award for Best Documentary Short. Tempestad, her second documentary feature, has received numerous international awards, including Ariel awards for Best Director, Best Documentary Film, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.  Huezo has taught documentary filmmaking at CCC, University of Centro and Madrid’s Community Film School.

Moderator Cristina Venegas

Cristina Venegas is Associate Professor Film and Media Studies at the UCSB, where she teaches and researches Latin American film and media history, critical approaches to digital media and the history, politics and practice of film festivals. She is the author of Digital Dilemmas: The State, the Individual and Digital Culture in Cuba (Rutgers, 2010), and her essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Department of Film & Media Studies, the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UCSB and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.


Tempestad is part of a Latin American film series entitled Unrest, Distance, and the Future, organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and curated by Cristina Venegas.  The series is presented in conjunction with three Santa Barbara-based art exhibitions: Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now (SBMA); Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art from 1960 – Present (MCASB); and The Schoolhouse and the Bus: Mobility, Pedagogy, and Engagement, Two Projects by Pablo Helguera and Suzanne Lacy / Pilar Riaño-Alcalá (AD&A Museum, UCSB).  The three exhibitions are part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino Art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara.  Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.  The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. 

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