Silver Waters

After the recent death of her husband, an elderly woman attempts to skip the wake and revisit the beach where they first met, but her memory is fading.

Long synopsis:
After the recent death of her husband an elderly woman, Marisol, sinks in her newfound solitude. Completely in denial, Marisol believes the morgue will call any minute now and return her husband, Mateo, home safely. Marisol's grief and fear of letting go clashes with Vera, her granddaughter, who believes it's more important to face Mateo's casket and say goodbye one last time. This film explores the parallels of grief at opposite stages of womanhood and the bonds that shared loss and lack of closure can form.

  • Domenicca Botero
  • Daniel Bellot
  • Samuel Romero
  • Samuel Romero
  • Domenicca Botero
    Production Designer
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Miami Dade College
Director Biography - Domenicca Botero

Doménicca Botero is a filmmaker and mixed-medium artist. Born in Miami, Florida and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, her films are derivative of her colorful and diverse upbringing. Being Ecuadorian and Colombian, Doménicca also aims to craft a positive and accurate portrayal of her colorful and multicultural background.

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Director Statement

I have lived with my grandparents from a very young age. In March of 2020, my grandfather passed away unexpectedly. Grief-stricken, I found solace in the new bond with my grandmother over our lack of closure. I observed the reiteration of my grandmother not wanting to forget my grandpa as a coping mechanism and found interest in how the elderly deal with the fear of letting go. My experience with grief has been thrashing and tumultuous, similar to ocean waves with rocks. These same characteristics were implemented when directing the two main actresses in the film. Ultimately, I also want to pay tribute to my grandparents as well as anyone who's had a clashing relationship with grief and has yet to finish healing and letting go.