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Awards & Screenings


Premiere 1/2021

SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD - Latino  Native Ame

“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

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"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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"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



February 2021
Toronto Film Channel  

April 2021

Oklahoma Latino Film Festival 

Latino & Native American Film Festival 

Sunscreen Film Festival, St. Petersburg, FL 

May 2021

Orlando International Film Festival, Orlando, FL

June 2021

Oregon International Film Festival, Corvalis, OR


July 2021

LatinX Film Festival, Saint Louis, MO

Whistleblower Summit & Film Festival


The Most Important Films International Film Festival, Las Vegas, NV 

IMPACT AWARD - Global Politics

August 2021

Sarasota-Charlotte Democratic Progressive Caucus, FL 

Watch the discussion on the US/Cuba relations here 

Sep 2021

Social and Economic Justice Film Festival, San Francisco, CA

Oct 2021

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

Nov 2021

Ojai Film Festival, Ojai, CA

January 2022

CAW - Camera as Witness - Stanford University,  CA

February 2022 

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.

March 2022

Houston Latino Film Festival,  TX

March 29 2022

WSLR / Fogartyville, Sarasota,  FL

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