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:
    May 31, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    Puerto Rico
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Director Biography - Maria del Mar Rosario

Born in Puerto Rico, in her work as a filmmaker María del Mar Rosario explores colonialism under a feminist lens and how it feels in the body. She holds a BA in Film Studies and Creative Nonfiction from Columbia University, and completed her postgraduate studies in documentary directing at the School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. Her short films have screened at IDFA, HotDocs, Palms Springs, The French Cinematheque in Paris and Metrograph in New York. María del Mar was part of the Independent Study Program of the Contemporary Museum of San Juan in 2021 and the Cine Qua Non Lab storyline residency in 2022 where she has been developing her debut feature.

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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.