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Sol in the Garden

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A formerly incarcerated woman catches the sun as she nourishes a garden with her new community.

Directors Spotlight

Emily Cohen Ibañez


Emily Cohen Ibañez is a Latinx filmmaker based in Oakland who earned her doctorate in Anthropology at New York University. Her film work pairs lyricism with social activism, advocating for labor, environmental, and health justice. Her feature documentary debut, FRUITS OF LABOR had its World Premiere at SXSW 2021.

Débora Souza Silva


Débora Souza Silva is a documentary filmmaker whose work examines systemic racism and inequality. Her work has been featured on PBS, BBC, KQED, Reveal News, and Fusion. Débora’s films have been funded by Sundance, Tribeca Film Institute, Fork Films, Perspective Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Creative Capital, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Firelight Media. Her debut feature documentary, BLACK MOTHERS LOVE & RESIST, had its World Premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival 2022.

  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 21 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Director: Emily Cohen Ibañez and Débora Souza Silva
  • Animator: Iana Amauba
  • Cast: Sol Mercado
  • Cinematographer: Soraya Sélène
  • Composer: Sultana Isham
  • Editor: Andrea Chignoli
  • Executive Producer: Rebecca Teitel, Justine Simons, Loren Hammonds, Dominic Davis, Paola Mottura, Chicken & Egg Pictures
  • Producer: Emily Cohen Ibañez and Débora Souza Silva
  • Premiere: East Coast

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