Private Project


Two grief-stricken siblings must face the weight of their past as they pack away their memories and learn to be a source of strength for each other.

  • Alejandro Medina
  • Alejandro Medina
  • Valentina Sánchez
  • José Enrique Segarra
    Key Cast
  • Anna Cristina Malavé
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Puerto Rico
  • Country of Filming:
    Puerto Rico
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Arri Mini
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
Director Biography - Alejandro Medina

Alejandro is a filmmaker born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is passionate about telling intimate and honest visual stories of the Latin American condition that invoke pride for being represented authentically and for others to understand the invisible thread that binds this underrepresented community. Aguante is his thesis film for his B.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art & Design.

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Director Statement

When I embarked on the journey of creating a film in Puerto Rico, I knew I was taking on an insurmountable challenge. I grew up hearing other people tell me that in order to make films, I had to leave Puerto Rico and that making films here was "an odyssey." During my childhood, a film industry didn't exist here; I would say it still doesn't. I began to question why didn't we ever make our own films. Why wasn't our cinema ever recognized outside of the country? Those are questions with many answers I've come to learn. I made Aguante because I've noticed a growth of local films being made in the past few years. I like to believe that something is changing very slowly; only time will tell. I made Aguante to prove to myself and others that I can make films in my own country and not somewhere else. As the director of this film, I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished against all odds. I hope that our film will not only entertain and captivate audiences but also inspire them to look beyond the surface and discover the stories waiting to be told in the unlikeliest of places.