When the death of her grandmother unleashes a generational curse, a disenchanted flamenco dancer resigned to a desk job is forced to experience the five stages of grief through a visit from her female ancestors, pushing her to finally break the cycle.

Festivals, awards and nominations

Special Screening Tribeca Film Festival 2021
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2022
Official Selection Aspen Shortsfest 2022
Official Selection Palm Springs International Film Festival ShortsFest 2022
Official Selection Fantastic Fest 2022
Terrormolins Globus 2022


04 Nov 21:15

La Peni

Gabriela Ortega
Shakira Barrera, Denise Blasor, Carla Valentine
United States

Gabriela Ortega

Gabriela Ortega is an award-winning writer/director and actor from the Dominican Republic. She is a Sundance interdisciplinary and Academy of Motion Pictures fellow. Her short film “Huella'' was an official selection of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is being turned into a feature film. Most recently, Gabriela directed a project to premiere on Disney+ in 2023 and her first film “PAPI” is available to stream on HBO and HBO Max.


Beautiful FL (2023), Huella (2022), Papi (2020), In Case I’m Next 2021, The Bathtub (2020), Un Acto de Rebeldía al Día (2018)


ScreenwriterGabriela Ortega
ProductionHelena Sardinha, Rafael Thomaseto
MusicJuan Covarrubias
EditionVicente Manzano


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