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La Santera ©

Graciela uses her mother's faith in Santeria to protect her younger sister from a predator.

Graciela is turning fifteen, on the night of her Quinceañera her younger sister’s safety is threatened by her powerful Uncle Ito. She decides she must protect Victoria. She visits a local Botánica and uses her mother's faith in Santeria to protect her younger sister. Even with the best of intentions things go wrong and the Pandora’s box she has opened came with unexpected results.

  • Yerania Del Orbe
  • Rita Mae Slyvester
    Assistant Director
  • Alejandra Rubiera
  • Esteban Aburto
  • Diana Hernandez
    Sound Design
  • Darius Green
    Sound Mixer
  • Rita Mae Sylvester
    Wardrobe, HMU
  • Christine Kennedy
    Wardrobe, HMU
  • Yerania Del Orbe
  • Aaron Burns
  • Yerania Del Orbe
  • Michael Bonaventura
  • Roosevelt Davis
  • Hugo Salazar
    Associate Producers
  • Ambar Luna Reyes
    Associate Producers
  • Yerania Del Orbe
    Key Cast
  • Yuliana Sleme
    Key Cast
  • Joseph C. Reyes
    Key Cast
    "Ito Del Gadillo"
  • Leyla Ulerio
    Key Cast
  • Ambar Luna Reyes
    Key Cast
    "Linda Del Gadillo"
  • Arianna Wellmoney
    Key Cast
  • Junior Morel
    Key Cast
  • Miloska Sanchez-Valenzuela
    Key Cast
  • Altagracia Del Orbe
    Key Cast
    "Doña Rosa"
  • Juanita Venegas Carvajal
    Graphic Designer
  • Silvio Buchmeier
    Music Composition
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 29 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    55,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Katra Film Festival 2021
    New york city
    United States
    July 13, 2021
    10th Anniversary
    Best Short Film
Director Biography - Yerania Del Orbe

Yerania Del Orbe is a Dominican American Actor, Writer, Director and Producer. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in The Bronx, NY. She attended High school at St. Thomas Aquinas in the Bronx and served 10yrs in The US Army. She began her higher education at Central Texas College, Temple Texas studying Business during her military service. She was honorably discharged in 2008, and continued her studies. She graduated from The New School, NYC with a Bachelors in Liberal Arts & Media Studies in 2013. Currently she is a Masters in Film Candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts class of Spring 0f 2021.
In 2019 she started Latina Made Media. A production company dedicated to making films that center around Latino cultures and families.
Latina Made Media is a Film and Media Production Company established on the principal of making media for all audiences based on reflections of the Latino culture and experiences produced and told by Latino Artists. Formed with a Family based working environment in mind Yerania Del Orbe, a Dominican-American Actor, Writer, Producer and Filmmaker founded Latina Made Media in 2019 out of Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Director Statement

I want to make films that tell about my colorful culture and open people's eyes. I am obsessed with making films that show how powerful a woman can be and center around familial bonds and their struggles. I Love collaborating with artist from across the globe, everyone has a gift to add to each production, and I welcome them, Team work makes the dream work. I have a wealth of life experiences to draw from and I hope to be able share them.