About 15 minutes into El Hombre Nuevo (The New Man), Stephania Mirza Curbelo is asked to talk about the times she’s felt discriminated against. Stephania shrugs, cracks a smile and answers straightforwardly: “Ah, todo la vida [Well, all my life].”
Award-winning Uruguayan filmmaker Aldo Garay has followed Stephania for more than 20 years. In this vibrant and lyrical film, Garay introduces Stephania, wandering somewhat mysteriously through the streets of Montevideo, Uruguay, her adopted home of several decades. We accompany her on a journey home to Nicaragua to reconnect with the family she hasn’t seen since she was known as a boy named Roberto who taught literacy as a child activist in the Sandinista Revolution. Each step of Stephania’s journey brings unexpected texture into this richly engaging character study.
El Hombre Nuevo, which won the Berlin International Film Festival’s 2015 Teddy Award for Best Documentary, tells the story of Stephania’s personal struggle as shaped by religion, poverty, war and sexual politics. Although Stephania continues to meet adversity and discrimination, she faces these obstacles and the contradictions of her life with an abiding determination that is simultaneously dignified and heroic.
El Hombre Nuevo (The New Man): Dir Aldo Garay 2015 Uruguay 79 min
Spanish with English subtitles
Community Partners: Portland Latino Gay Pride; Portland Queer Film Festival; TransActive Gender Center