10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Angélica (2017 Feature Film) Nominee

Marisol Gómez Mouakad | Puerto Rico, Mexico | 2016 | color | DCP | 90 min | Spanish, English | e.s.

Angélica dreams of a major career as a fashion designer in New York, but hasn’t gotten much further than a boring sewing job. A visit to her motherland Puerto Rico, where her sick father awaits her in hospital, marks the start of a journey of personal discovery.

When her father has a heart attack, Angélica – who lives in New York – rushes to her home country. There’s no loving family reunion though. Her relationship with her Afro-Caribbean father is affectionate, but her endless battles with her white mother seem to only get worse. Angélica can cope with the constant criticism of her appearance and life choices, but the fact that her mother never defends her against her uncle’s racist comments is becoming increasingly hard to overlook. Moreover, her mom still doesn’t seem to accept her, solely because of her dark complexion.
Slowly but surely, Angélica starts dealing with the interference and racism. Daring to do what is right for her and chase her dreams. An impressive transformation depicted in a multitude of ways by filmmaker Marisol Gómez Mouakad in her feature debut, for instance using Angélica’s continuously changing hairstyle and wardrobe.

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 7 April 2017

Time: 17:30

Duration: 1:10

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 8 April 2017

Time: 21:45

Duration: 1:07

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 9 April 2017

Time: 18:45

Duration: 1:06

Year in



Marisol Gómez Mouakad


Erika Licea Orozco


Michelle Nono
Johanna Rosaly
Willie Dentón
Modesto Lacen
Yamil Collazo
Rene Monclova
Kisha Tikina Burgos


Puerto Rico


Marisol Gómez Mouakad




90 min


Rosino Serrano


Ignacio Decerega
Rocio Zambrano
Marisol Gómez Mouakad

Production Company

Hormiga Cinema

Production Design

Nydia Gonzalez


Hormiga Cinema


Marisol Gómez Mouakad

Sound Design

Enrique Greiner

Year of Production



Marisol GÓMEZ MOUAKAD is a painter and filmmaker from Puerto Rico. She went to art school at Massachusetts University, after which she achieved a master’s degree in Media Studies (specializing in film production) at The New School in New York City. Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Boston and Puerto Rico. Angélica is her first feature film.



Rosa (2003, short), Lazos (2006, short), Angélica (2017)