La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Puerto Rican Spanish
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:American Culture & Issues
Crime & the Justice System
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Raquel Cepeda
Producer(s):Raquel Cepeda
Executive Producer(s):Henry Chalfant
Sacha Jenkins
Writer(s):Raquel Cepeda
Editor(s):Sonia González-Martinez
Cinematography:Alejandra Araujo
Ethan Mills
Sound:Judy Karp
Enrique Larreal


Persister: Women speaking up and being heard

Winner of the Audience Award at DOC NYC, La Madrina follows matriarch and healer Lorine Padilla, once the former "First Lady" of the Savage Skulls gang, now an activist in her Bronx community. Through intimate interviews and five decades of never-before-seen footage, Lorine's formidable story emerges against a rich backdrop of Bronx history, from her early experiences of single motherhood and navigating the complicated role of women in gangs to her activist work to right the wrongs of gentrification and fight for a better future for the youth in her neighbourhood. Set amid decades of racism and relentless gentrification, Lorine emerges as an archetype for powerful women?who deservedly take their place on screen. Heather Haynes

Persister program presented in partnership with Oxfam Canada
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La Madrina: The Savage Life of Lorine Padilla and its Q&A are presented with support from the U.S. Consulate General of Toronto
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