2023 / 93′ / GLORIMAR MARRERO
After years of remission, Noelia’s cancer has returned and is spreading quickly. Exhausted by relentless treatment plans and pills that do more harm than good, she seeks another way out. Brushing aside her boyfriend Jorge’s well-meaning but suffocating gestures, she heads back to Vieques, the blissful eastern Puerto Rican island where she grew up; a land grappling with its own poisoning after decades of contamination from U.S. Army operations. With Hurricane Irma closing in, and alongside her mother in the serene comforts of home, Noelia looks for an answer to her pain in the land she’s always been intertwined with.
«In May 2013, my mother died of colorectal cancer and in October of that same year, I turned to write the first version of the script “La Pecera”. At that moment I longed to tell a story related to the disease and the end of life process. I developed the environmental space of this intimate drama in Vieques, Puerto Rico, an island municipality that, from my point of view, is the manifestation of the worst results of Puerto Rico’s political relationship with the United States. There, the United States Navy conducted military practices for more than six decades. The ecological, cultural and social impact of these practices turned Vieques territory into one of the places with highest cancer concentration in the country. In our story, Noelia narratively transits the stages of grief upon receiving the news of her metastasis and discovers that her body is, like Vieques, a colonized body. My experiences with this disease, and with the manifestations of the Puerto Rican colony, are the main reasons for wanting to tell this story». – Glorimar Marrero [Director]
Country of Productio: Puerto Rico
Production: Canica LLC, Glorimar Marrero (Puerto Rico), Solita Films, José Esteban Alenda (Spain), Auna Producciones, Amaya Izquierdo (Spain)
Director & Screenwriter: Glorimar Marrero
Format: 1.85:1 / color
Filming Locations: San Juan, Vieques (Puerto Rico)
With the Support of: Puerto Rico Film Commission, Ibermedia Programme, ICAA, Madrid Town Hall Subsidy.
Glorimar is a puerto rican filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist whose work is related to grief, identity, colonialism, gender, among other topics. Her work includes audiovisual, still photography and installation.
In 2018 Glorimar was selected as an artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago, she was also resident at MASS MoCA, and visiting artist of the Program of Latin America Studies at Princeton University. «La Pecera» is her first feature film.
«Biopsy» / 2016 / Shortfilm
«Still» /2016 / Shortfilm
«Revolt at the Roosevelt» / 2017 / a video art piece commissioned by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts
«El MAC en el Barrio» / 2018 / documentary , and the experimental commissions of the Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico.
«Juana (s) Matos» /2018/ documentary commissions of the Contemporary Art Museum of Puerto Rico.