Video: Old Friendships, Steeped in Traditions
When I first saw Chilean director/screenwriter Maite Alberdi’s short on the New York Times site, I dusted off my rusty college Spanish and friended her on Facebook. I love the way she captures the reflection of a subject’s face on the surface of the liquid within a teacup.You don’t need the subtitles to understand what this sippin’ sisterhood has meant to each other over the years. Also subtly reflected, as Alberdi eavesdrops on their intimate conversations, are issues around race, class, gender politics, sexuality, privilege and aging. These realities aren’t always as sweet or refined as the dainties passed around the table. Few of us would feel a sense of belonging within this particular circle, but the film reinforces the need to maintain and celebrate circles of our own. Makes you want to call a friend, doesn’t it? Or maybe your Grandma : ).
Want to know more about Maite’s work? You can read The Hollywood Reporter’s review here.