The documentary film Mona, tesoro del Caribe [Mona: Treasure of the Caribbean (2017)] has been selected to screen at the 25th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival. The festival will take place March 15-25, 2018 at the AMC Fashion Valley Cinemas and the Digital Gym Cinema, San Diego California. The film—directed by Sonia Fritz, with award-winning director of photography Carlos Zayas—features the unique landscape, flora, and fauna of Mona Island. [See previous post Mona: Treasure of the Caribbean.]
Description: Mona is a beautiful, distant, mythic and mysterious island, full of amazing caves and interesting legends. Above all it is our Caribbean treasure.
A completely flat island that emerged from the bottom of the sea thousands of years ago, it was a ceremonial center for the Taínos, the original inhabitants, who practiced their rituals in its amazing and diverse caves. In Mona’s caves, they created pictograms: faces, bodies with frog legs or bat wings, among other representations, which are still preserved, thanks to the inaccessibility of the island.
With the Spanish arrival and later, with the subsequent influx of pirates, ships anchored at Mona to stock up on food and water, provided by the Taínos. Between the 19th and 20th century, more than 600 men extracted guano, a fertilizer, which was highly appreciated worldwide. Presently Mona Island is a natural reserve managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment.
This feature documentary will help promote awareness and educate others about the rich history of Mona and its spectacular fauna.
For more information on the film, see http://insagrado.sagrado.edu/mona-tesoro-del-caribe/, https://repeatingislands.com/2017/01/07/new-film-mona-treasure-of-the-caribbean/, and https://repeatingislands.com/2017/03/29/mona-island-documentary-our-treasure-in-the-caribbean/
For more information on the festival, see http://2018.sdlatinofilm.com/