Bay of All Saints—the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature — will be screening as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series on Sunday, Jan. 27.
This award-winning documentary focuses on the lives and stories of three single mothers as they face harsh living conditions in their palafitas—shacks on stilts—on the bay in Bahia, Brazil. Bay of All Saints provides a momentary look at the problems of urban poverty on the bay, the sacrifices made for survival, the burden of life on the bay, and what causes these women to rise up and fight for what they deserve.
Director Annie Eastman filmed Bay of All Saints over six years initially because she heard news that the government was planning an urban-renewal project. She wanted to film and document the effects it would have on the already deprived community. Instead of being a more investigative film, she sought to create a documentary that made the audience “feel for these people and this place, simply because they are worth feeling for.”
The Bay of All Saints screening will be at the Alamo Drafthouse Village at 2700 W. Anderson Lane on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q-and-A session with director Annie Eastman.