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  • NYFA Grad’s “Ore Ru” Premieres in Paraguayan Theaters

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    On December 25th, 2015, the documentary Ore Ru premiered in Paraguay at theaters nationwide. The film, from up and coming director Armando Aquino, captures Pope Francis’ latest visit to Paraguay in July of 2015. Ore Ru was produced by the production company Maneglia Schembori, where New York Film Academy graduate Mariana Pineda was put in charge of production.

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    The 75-minute film recounts the wait for the Pope’s arrival in Paraguay from the prospective of four different Paraguayans:

    1. Gaby, a 13-year-old girl from one of the poorest neighborhoods in Asuncion
    2. Mafe, a 16-year-old girl who fights a terminal disease
    3. Margarita, a 53-year-old indian native from the Ache community who fights for the survival of her culture
    4. Tati, an 18-year-old survivor from one of the greatest tragedies in Paraguayan history, Ycuá Bolaños


    “The film presents these four very different viewpoints that portray how we are and how we feel as Paraguayans,” said Pineda. “And, above all, it shows how far are we willing to go for what we believe. Because this film is more about the four stories that are recounted here than about the Pope itself, we were very involved in these women’s lives. We were very touched because they all fight their own battles and still, they have so much hope and they fight every single day. It really was an amazing, touching and humbling experience. And even though it has the Pope as the main focus, it’s not just a religious movie — people from all backgrounds and beliefs can watch it and not feel as if we are trying to send a religious message.”

    As a producer at the production company, Maneglia Schembori, which includes Paraguayan film directors Tana Schembori and Juan Carlos Maneglia, Pindea is currently developing the comedy-adventure film Los buscadores (Seekers), their follow-up to 2012’s box office and festival hit action thriller 7 Boxes.

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  • NYFA Grads’ Acclaimed Film ‘7 Boxes’ Released in North America

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    7 Boxes

    The New York Film Academy is proud of its graduates, Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori, whose electrifying debut film 7 Boxes recently had its North American theatrical and VOD release.

    The film, produced by Breaking Glass Pictures and Shoreline Entertainment, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of San Sebastian to audience and critical acclaim and broke box office records in its native Paraguay. An official selection of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and a favorite at the Miami, Edinburgh, and Palm Springs Film Festivals, indieWIRE hailed the Paraguayan action-thriller as “The Fast and the Furious with wheelbarrows.”

    Víctor, a 17-year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of becoming famous and covets a fancy TV set in the infamous Mercado 4. He’s offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unknown contents in exchange for a quick $100. With a borrowed cell phone the contractor uses to tell him the way, Víctor embarks on the journey. Crossing the eight blocks of the market seemed easy but things get complicated along the way. There is something in those boxes that starts a high-speed wheelbarrow chase in the secret and gloomy corridors of the market. Without even realizing, Víctor and his pursuers will get involved in a crime of which they know anything.

    Following its Paraguayan premiere, 7 Boxes edged out Titanic as the most successful film in Paraguay’s box-office history – an unprecedented feat given the limited audiovisual production in the country. Coming on the heels of internationally successful features such as Hamaca Paraguaya and Cuchillo de Palo, 7 Boxes could truly signify an international breakout moment for Paraguayan cinema.

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    February 10, 2014 • Diversity, Filmmaking, International Diversity, Student & Alumni Spotlights • Views: 4745