Director(s): Diana Peralta
Film description: Two "ride or die" sisters raised in NYC reunite with their estranged brother in the Dominican Republic to clean out their late father's childhood home. The siblings laugh, brawl, and face their demons as they come to terms with letting go of their last connection to their motherland.
Programmers notes: The first feature by Diana Peralta, a JHU grad and former Baltimorean, quietly says volumes about home, family, and identity. The making of this film came in tandem with Peralta’s own return to the Dominican Republic following her grandmother’s passing, and these personal echoes root the film in both an emotional truth and an intimacy of place that few films achieve. Evoking Raoul Peck’s narrative work and cinematic family portraits like Claire Denis’ 35 Shots of Rum, DE LO MIO invites you to experience its story not at the distance of an audience, but with the proximity of a friend or neighbor. Honored as the closing night film at BAMcinemaFest pre-COVID, this great film (made with many Baltimoreans and JHU alum on crew) hasn’t had a Baltimore premiere until now. It’s about time; Diana Peralta is a filmmaker to watch, and New/Next is proud to put her first feature on the big screen in Baltimore for the first time.