Daughter of the Sea

Published on February 22, 2024
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Captions provided by CCTubes – Captioning the Internet! After the death of her grandfather, a young woman experiences a spiritual awakening when she is called by Yemaya, the Orisha Goddess of the Sea.

Starring Princess Nokia, and featuring Niambi Sala of Oshun as Yemaya.

A LALIFF Inclusion Fellowship Short ’22

Official Selection: BendFilm, Hollyshorts, Palm Springs ShortsFest, Essence Fest, Miami International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The Pan African Film Festival, LALIFF, NYLFF, Puerto Rico International Film Festival and more.

Festival Awards:
Lola Award Winner | Philadelphia Latino Film Festival | November 2023
Best Cinematography | Catalina Film Festival | September 2023
Best Director, Best Actress – Princess Nokia, Best Cinematography, Best Editing | Green Mountain Film Festival | July 2023
Best Overall Short | Afro Latino Film Festival | May 2023
Best Cinematography | Blackbird Film Festival | May 2023
Festival Director’s Award | Paris Independent Film Festival | April 2023
Jeune Regards Award | Nouveaux Regards Film Festival | March 2023
Best Short | Athens International Festival | January 2023
Jury Award | Official Latino Film Festival | December 2022
Best Actress – Princess Nokia | Sao Paolo Int’l Festival | December 2022
Best Narrative Short | Puerto Rican International Heritage Film Festival | November 2022
Best Director | Venice Shorts Festival | November 2022
Best Indigenous Short | BendFilm Festival | October 2022
Best Actress – Princess Nokia | LUSCA Fantastic Film Festival | October 2022
Best Director, Best Sound Design, Best Latino Short, Susana Dosamantes Award | Alder International Short Film Festival | October 2022
All Power To The People Award | Fist Up Film Festival | October 2022
Best Narrative Short | Festival De Cine Latino Americano | September 2022
Best Actress, Princess Nokia, Best Cinematography | SHORT to the Point | August 2022
Best Director, Best Editing | Art Film Awards | August 2022
Best Latino/Hispanic Short | Cannes World Film Festival | June 2022

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Written and Directed by
Alexis C. Garcia

Produced by
Debora Perez

Executive Producers
Matt Detisch
Alexis C. Garcia
Selina Morales
Princess Nokia

Cast
Princess Nokia – Yanise
Migdalia Rosario – Abuela
Joanne Gil Rivera – Mami
Niambi Sala of Oshun – Yemaya
Dorayma Mercado – Monica
Maria Luisa “Mussa” Marin – Nancy
Lizbeth Mora De León – Lydia
Lester Nurse – Abuelo
Pia Love – The Spirit of Death

Bomba Musicians & Dancers – Se Balia Bomba
Mar A. Cruz • Narcisa Cordova • María Krystal Cruz Abril
Carlos E . Ayala Collazo • Joerlizca Marie Andino
Hector Luis Negron Calderon • Carlos “Kaiko” Calderon Paris
Hashlye Sabiel Pérez Vega • Jose L. Elicier Pizarro

Co-Producers
Carlo Garcia
Toby Lawless

Director of Photography
Joshua Echevarria

Music by
René G. Boscio

Editor
Matt Detisch

Art Director
Ana Paula Teixeira

Art Assistant
Pia Love

Costume Designers
José Ortiz-Pagán
Pia Love

Costume Design Assistant
Irene Osorio Guzmán

Hair and Makeup
Tanya “Nena” Melendez

Sound Mixer
Barbara I. Rivera

Sound Designer & Re-recording Mixer
Gabriel J. Serrano

Colorist
Arianna Shining Star Smaller

Production Supervisor
Sonia Rivera

Production Coordinator
Natalia Merced

First Assistant Camera
Nelson Vega Oliveras

Second Assistant Camera
María I. “Chabeli” Matos
Jovanny González

Stills Photographer
Mari Blanca Robles López

Gaffer
Raymond Javier Orraca

Key Grips
José A. Quesada Rodríguez
Kerwin Lee Cuadrado

Grip Truck Driver
Juan “Pachi” Rodriguez

Production Assistants
Jan Alberto Diaz Baez
Luis “Lú” Rivera Vázquez
Abner Albino

Transportation
Hannibal Sierra

Production Legal
Juan R. Garcia III, JRG Law

Visual Effects
Peter Timberlake

Musicians
Melo Gía • Vocals
Etienne Rivera • Percussion
William Russell • Cuatro Puertorriqueño

Additional Music
“Dedicatoria”
Lyrics by Angelamaría Dávila
Music & Performance by Fabiola Méndez

Filmed on location in Naranjito & Loiza, Puerto Rico.

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