Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival

"Artivism...By any medium necessary"

The Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival was founded as a means to provide independent artists committed to social justice with a place through which to share their work our global community.





Opening Night Film

Road to Redemption

Starring Akon, Viva Blanca and Margaret Avery

Samantha, fresh out of med school, takes up a volunteer position in Nigeria through Global Empowerment Network (GWEN), and has her Western preconceptions shattered by what she encounters. With the aid of an educated tribal chief, Samantha attempts to drag this small corner of the world into the modern era.


Closing Night Film

the boy who found gold

A Cinematic Journey into the Art and Spirit of William Hart McNichols.


Rooted in Peace

A Featured Presentation

Hollywood's award-winning green filmmaker, Greg Reitman, takes us on a cinematic journey to take notice challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans, and as human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world, and it's up to each of us to make peace with ourselves, and our planet., stop the cycle of violence, and seek ways to find personal and ecological peace.


A film packed with real life drama and a sense of humor. The film captures a naive teen's runaway journey to one of the most difficult cities to survive in: New York City.


Hate Crime

As a young man is executed for a hate crime, two sets of parents struggle to deal with the consequences of fear and repression. 


A Bold Peace

Over 60 years ago, Costa Rica became one of the only nations in the world to disband their military and to redirect national resources towards education, health, and the environment. Since then, Costa Rica has earned the #1 spot in the Happy Planet Index, a ranking of countries based on measures of environmental protection and the happiness and health of its citizens.


Hope for Our Own: An LA Story

The film seeks to challenge conventional thought on homelessness in Los Angeles by weaving together raw, genuine and honest stories that reveal an alluring humanistic portrait of the unseen.



Fabricio, a Chavista young man, is stuck at home during the rioting occurred in Venezuela on 2014. Alejandra, his former opposition girlfriend, who is participating in the street rioting, is pursued by the National Guard, and arrives, without knowing, to the Fabricio’s house, who helps her to hide. Due to the volatile situation in the streets, Alejandra should stay with Fabricio until it is safe to get out. During this time together should deal with their political differences, which in the past led to their separation.


The Truth about Flint

A Featured Presentation


When the music stopped

A Tapestry of Songs and Texts To Commemorate the Armenian Genocide Centenary


Ice Cream for Breakfast

When a distraught young woman confronts her estranged father about their incestuous past she gives him one last chance to tell the truth before she decides to change his fate forever.


We are in it 

features visceral scenes from the everyday lives of Karla, Serges, Hussein, Nancy and Tutu. For all of them, Houston is their common space of struggle, pleasure, and shelter. For them, Houston is a second, third or even fourth city of residence, both home and metropolis of hostility. Here, they are safe, restless, part of a diaspora that struggles to find meaning beyond labels of foreigner, immigrant, undocumented, alien, and refugee.



Jayden sets off for a fresh start in Los Angeles years after the disappearance of his love, Emma. Along the way, he runs into Emma who is now trapped in an abusive relationship with a desperate drug dealer, Bruce. Jayden must decide whether to continue with his new life or save Emma.


Directed by two-time Oscar nominee and Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Jonathan Stack, Cast the First Stone documents the massive theatre production staged at Angola Prison and directed by Gary Tyler, the younger person ever sentence to death row. He was 16.  After 41 years, Gary Tyler was freed this year.

MOre Trailers Coming Soon

Thou Art Dublin is a documentary that attempts to paint an intimate portrait of the artistic and cultural life of Dublin. Set in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, the film documents the efforts of five artists as they communicate the vision of their works amid the difficulties of the recession. Utilizing stylized surveillance effects and a range of elements suggestive of war journalism and combat film making, a small crew tell this story by covertly exploring Dublin's cityscape with the aim to retrieve the art community from the isolation and oppression of the current economic climate