The Shadow of your Absence

Rodrigo Dorfman
Running Time:4:23 minutes
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Director: Rodrigo Dorfman

For the last ten years, filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman has been making video messages for Latino immigrants in North Carolina. This is one of them: a rodeo, and a story of love.  


Rodrigo Dorfman (director) is a Chilean-American award-winning filmmaker and multimedia producer who has worked with POV, HBO, Salma Hayek’s Ventanazul and the BBC among others. His films have been screened at some of the top international film festivals in the world (Toronto, Full Frame, Edinburgh, Telluride, Human Rights Watch). With his father he has won best screenplay award from the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain for “Prisoners in Time” (1997). His short “One Night in Kernersville” won Jury Award for best short at Full Frame (2011). “Tommy!”, his 30-minute documentary on a 60 year-old man on the autism spectrum who dreams of singing with a big band was recently broadcast nation wide through UNCTV’s Southern Reel series. “NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South”, a national touring museum exhibit based on his documentary work was exhibited at the Levine Museum of the New South, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Atlanta History Museum. He is an editor and cinematographer of the documentary “Always in Season” about the impact of lynching on four different communities premiering at Sundance; his latest documentary “This Taco Truck Kills Fascists” recently won the Best Louisiana Feature Award at the New Orleans Film Festival and the feature version of FIESTA! Quinceañera an ITVS/Storycast digital series on the intersection of quinceañeras and immigrant traditions in the South will be broadcast nationwide on PBS this spring.