Director: Raisa Bonnet
Producer: Annabelle Mullen
Set in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, BRAIDED begins with two young sisters separated from their addict mother, sending ripples through the emotional waters of each woman affected: the sisters, their birth mother, their estranged grandmother, and an adoptive mother. As the wounds of separation rub and heal in the saltwater of Puerto Rican sea and tears, they learn to accept they need each other - and that the connection between mother and child remains, an eternal umbilical cord.
Born to bookstore owners in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Raisa Bonnet naturally grew up to become an award-winning storyteller and filmmaker. Her work often deals with women's issues and familial relationships in her home country. She earned her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and her BA in Audiovisual Communications at the University of Puerto Rico, where she is now a film professor. Raisa's short film LUNA VIEJA screened in Toronto, Berlinale and many more.
Total budget: 660,000
Funds secured: 235,224
Objectives to be achieved
Our objective in MAFIZ is to find an international sales agente as well as a Spanish coproducer to provide two talents that are foreigners in the film and the sound postproduction of the film.
Co-production´s interesting countries
We are interested in coproducing with Spain because there are two characters in the film that are foreign which we wish to come from a country that colonized Puerto Rico. Also, coproducing with Spain will open the distribution in said country to our film as well as distribution in the European Union.
Executive producer´s biofilmography
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ms. Annabelle L. Mullen-Pacheco a lawyer by profession and a producer by vocation, since 2009, has produced fiction and documentary films. she develops content in an artisanal way that touch upon social and political issues to be told through film. Her most recent projects include documentaries such as The Last Colony (2014) and fiction films such as El Hombre que Cuida (IFFR 2018) and El Chata (Puerto Rico, 2018).