Filmfest 2018

Rafael and his sister Carmen smuggle illegal migrants from the Dominican Republic and distant Africa to Puerto Rico, where they have a chance to live a better life. When Carmen is murdered, Rafael has no time to mourn. The flow of immigrants won't let up, and his family, including his teenage daughter, also requires his attention. When a boat full of hopeful immigrants sinks, he is confronted with even more death. In his debut feature film, Álvaro Aponte-Centeno offers a moving portrait of a human trafficker while contrasting the beauty of the Puerto Rican landscape with the fates of the refugees.

tags: Society, Latin America, Feature film, Death, Crime/Murder

Cast: Israel Lugo, Elia Enid Cadilla, Amanda Lugo Alvarado, Kairiana Nuñez Santaliz, Iris Martínez


Screenplay: Álvaro Aponte Centeno

Director of Photography: Pedro Juan López

Film Editor: Nino Martínez Sosa

Composer: Rafael Aponte Ledée, Álvaro Aponte Centeno

Production Designer: Nydia Mercedes Gonzáles

Costume Design: Suzanne Krim

Sound: Jean-Guy Véran

Producer: Maite Rivera Carbonell

Production Company: Quenepa Producciones

Co-Producer: Nino Martinez Sosa, Samuel Chauvin, Pedro Juan López

Co-Production Company: Balsié Guanabana Macuto, Promenades Films

World Sales: Cercamon

Director: Álvaro Aponte-Centeno


Álvaro Aponte Centeno studied journalism at the University of Puerto Rico before turning to film. Three of his short films have received awards: LUZ (2010), MI SANTA MIRADA (2012), which was selected for the official competition in Cannes, and YAHAIRA (2015). SILENCE OF THE WIND (2017) is his first feature film.