Based on interviews with women over 60 years of age in Miami , Montréal, and Puerto Rico, Retiro is a documentary that gives women authority over how they choose to recount their memories. Melding the autobiographical with the imaginary, Retiro reconstructs and reinvents memories of the participating women’s lives through interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and reenactments, allowing for an intimate exploration of the fragility of the human experience, the impermanence of time, and the aging process in women.

The focus of Retiro is to capture the process of remembering through the creation of video portraits developed in collaboration with the participating women.  Each woman had authority in the collaborative process and determined the style, content and structure of her film portrait, which allows for the participating women to reconstruct and reinvent their stories. Much of this process is shown using a behind-the-scenes format, which allows for deeper insight into the women’s daily lives, their perspective on their past and their outlook on the future.

Filmed on location in Montréal, Miami, Cuba and Puerto Rico,  Retiro attempts at an ecumenical understanding of our experience as people, not focusing particularly on one story, but on how all of these women and their journeys interject, intervene and converge.

Retiro is currently in post-production, aiming to be released in early 2018. It was developed thanks to the support of  Fonderie Darling in Montréal, Québec,  Miami Film Development Project and Miami Theatre Center.