Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Film and Media Studies
Memorias de Mi Familia is an hour-long personal documentary through which I explore the meaning of “home.” I was born and raised in New York to a Puerto Rican mother and Ecuadorian father and lived between two worlds—sometimes more. While on a visit to Puerto Rico with my mother, Sylvia, I search for belonging and explore my family’s story of migration between the island and the United States.
Through interviews, family films, home videos and photographs spanning over 60 years, I examine the revolving migration pattern common to many Puerto Ricans on the island and in the diaspora, a cycle framed and at times burdened by Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship to the United States.
Montero, Melissa Z., "Memorias de Mi Familia" (2022). CUNY Academic Works.