Scene from the film Despedida
Scene from the film Despedida
Scene from the film Despedida


  • Ecuador
  • United States

Shot in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, this transitory neighborhood resonates with the poetry of local resident Mapkaulu Roger Nduku. Verses about endings, looking, and passing through, open up the space projected. A string of tableaus gather a portrait of place and compose a goodbye letter to an ephemeral home.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Alexandra Cuesta
  • Cinematography
    Alexandra Cuesta
  • Runtime
    10 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Ecuador
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Viennale 2013
    • Play-Doc Festival Internacional de Documentais, Program Resonancias, Pontevedra, Spain, 2016
    • TIFF Cinematheque, Far From, Toronto, Canada, 2015
    • New York Film Festival 2014
    • Filmaker Film Festival Fuori Formato. Milan, Italy, 2014
    • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI, 2014
    • BAFICI Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente, Muestra Alexandra Cuesta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014
  • Awards
    • Best Cinematography Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival 2013
    • Best of Competition at Media City Film Festival 2013 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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