Private Project

Punta Salinas

After having sex for the first time, Alba, a 16 year old, searches for a strength she has never exercised before.

  • Maria del Mar Rosario
    La bonita, Doce, Nymph
  • Maria del Mar Rosario
  • Kritzia Belen Monserrate
  • Katia Pacheco
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Puerto Rico
  • Country of Filming:
    Puerto Rico
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Director Biography - Maria del Mar Rosario

María del Mar Rosario is a filmmaker from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, navigating both narrative and nonfiction. As a writer, director, and producer, she aims to tell stories that trigger a reflection on notions of the Caribbean under a decolonial lens, while artistically searching to explore the perspective of the female body. Her work has screened at Palms Springs Short Fest, HotDocs, IDFA, Metrograph, and the French Cinematheque.

With a BA in Creative Nonfiction and Film Studies from Columbia University, she later completed her postgraduate studies in Documentary Directing at the School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV).

Maria del Mar was awarded the LALIFF/NETFLIX Inclusion Fellowship 2023 and a Firelight Media Grantee 2024.

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Director Statement

Punta Salinas is the story of Alba a 16 year old who after having sex for the first time, starts questioning her power, and who she is according to others. I wrote this story while reflecting on convoluted feelings I experienced growing up in a culture where women are confused with bodies: bodies for sexual consumption, bodies that carry babies, bodies as trophies for the ego of the man. In this film, the moment Alba has sex for the first time, she unwillingly becomes a body. While the main story unfolds when Alba’s boyfriend ghosts her, the subterranean current of Punta Salinas explores the poetics of such weight.