Dir: Souki Mehdaoui. USA, 2020.

Spanish premiere.

8 min. VOSE.

Exquisitely detailed and vibrantly colored, acclaimed New York artist Firelei Báez’s paintings of dramatically shapeshifting figures assert the power of the female form and challenge fundamental ideas around beauty and agency. Working in her Bronx studio, Firelei creates a series of paintings that draw upon the rich yet misapprehended folklore and colonial history of the Caribbean, where she was born and raised. Shot primarily on 16mm film and featuring original choreography, the film mirrors Firelei’s own lush style and follows Firelei as she paints in her studio and travels through her Bronx neighborhood as well as to her mosaic commission at a Harlem subway station.