Awards & Screenings
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“I’ve just seen Mirella’s fantastic film Frenemies and I am very very impressed! (…) It is a vivid evocation of the Cuba that I‘ve experienced (…) and the insanity of the continued embargo. I am very much sympathetic with the point of view of Frenemies, the film, and hope it sees as wide an audience as possible.” (Walter Murch, Academy Award winning film editor and sound designer - Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, The English Patient)
Walter Murch at the United Nations Association Film Festival UNAFF, Stanford University, Oct 2021
"Frenemies is the best Cuban documentary made to date! It is not pro Cuban Government. It does give clarity to the insanity of the US embargo toward Cuba. Regardless of your politics on US/Cuba relations you will enjoy this documentary film--the music, the scenery, the actors, the citizens on the street and the story line are magnificent and factual."
(Albert A. Fox, Jr. President/Founder of Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy Foundation)
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To help us create opportunities for discussions around this polarized topic:
"By juxtaposing our prejudices and our responsibility to historic facts and just society, while challenging our notions of ethics and borders, through this inspiring film the director and producer Mirella Martinelli is offering a mandatory educational tool, which presents an excellent starting point for several interesting classroom discussions.”
-Jasmina Bojic, Founder and Director of the Stanford Arts "Camera as Witness" Program.
"Frenemies will help our students think about policy issues, especially international policy, in deeper ways."
- Thereasa Abrams, Ph.D., University of Tennessee - College of Social Work
PREMIERE - January 16 2021
Premiere, Dunedin International Film Festival, Dunedin, FL
Toronto Film Channel
Oklahoma Latino Film Festival
Latino & Native American Film Festival
Sunscreen Film Festival, St. Petersburg, FL
Orlando International Film Festival, Orlando, FL
Oregon International Film Festival, Corvalis, OR
LatinX Film Festival, Saint Louis, MO
Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival
IMPACT AWARD - Finalist
The Most Important Films International Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV
IMPACT AWARD - Global Politics
Sarasota-Charlotte Democratic Progressive Caucus, FL
Watch the discussion on the US/Cuba relations here
Social and Economic Justice Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
University of Tennessee - Nashville & Knoxville
Seattle Latino Film Festival, Seattle, WA
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival - virtual "encore presentation”
UNAFF - United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford University, CA
Ojai Film Festival, Ojai, CA
CAW - Camera as Witness - Stanford University, CA
Fund for Reconciliation and Development
details on the panel discussion held after screening with Frenemies director and Cuba experts here.
Recording of panel discussion here.
Houston Latino Film Festival, TX
March 29 2022
WSLR / Fogartyville, Sarasota, FL