art • i • vism
Social Justice + Art = Social Change
By Any Medium Necessary
The Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival, an International Artivist Festival, was founded in 2016 to provide independent artists committed to social justice with a place through which to share their work with our global community. The festival seeks to give a platform to artists who use their voices in film, theatre, spoken word, painting, sculpture, and photography to bring to light such issues as, poverty, gender inequality, homelessness, hunger, physical and psychological abuse, racism, sex trafficking, war, mass incarceration, and grief, among others.
PTAFF...... 2023 is Here
''Embracing Change Agents''
Unite.. Inspire... Impact
PTAFF 2023 “Igniting Change” is an immersive and transformative event that seeks to celebrate and empower change agents making a positive impact on society. This dynamic event brings together change agents our visionaries, innovators, activists, and thought leaders from various walks of life to share their ideas, experiences, and explore solutions for a better world. Through a combination of Through impactful films, thought-provoking panels, interactive workshops, artistic expressions, and community engagement, our participants will embark on a journey of personal growth, get (stay) inspired, empowered, and equipped with the tools needed to begin the journey or stay the course as catalysts of change.
PTAFF 2023 Official Selections
At PTAFF 2023, these captivating films will inspire, provoke thought, and celebrate the power of storytelling in driving positive change. From real-life heroes to imaginative narratives, the festival showcases the diverse voices that shape our world and ignite hope for a brighter and more compassionate future.
THE REFLECTION OF FRANCISCA NEWMAN
Director: Jon freckle Garcia
Synopsis: n this cinematic fairytale, Francisca Newman, a psychologically disturbed ballerina, fails at her life audition. Her perfectionism starts to take a noticeable toll on her mental health, where in a world of passion and beauty, sensibility and enlightenment becomes darkness.
In this increasingly violent and surreal competition at the hands of her own reflection, a familiar voice starts talking to her as an old forgotten friend. A voice that takes her on a journey through her own memories in order to find herself, before her reflection becomes a stranger.
CONDEMNED TO BE FREE
Director: Rin Jung, Richard Rivera
Synopsis: “Why do we live?” “What is freedom?” The filmmaker follows a formerly-incarcerated scholar, educator, and activist telling his story to seek answers to the philosophical questions on human being that are brought upon by the encounter with carceral system. This short personal documentary creates a filmic dialogue on the experiential and existential, yet poetic narratives of carcerality, becoming free, and desire for life.