“Not Victims But Leaders”: Oscar Contender ‘Landfall’ Examines Puerto Rico At Crossroads After Hurricane Maria

When Hur­ri­cane Maria blew across Puer­to Rico in 2017, tele­vi­sion news media descend­ed to cov­er the dis­as­ter, film­ing the req­ui­site scenes: wind lash­ing the island, infra­struc­ture dev­as­tat­ed, peo­ple des­per­ate for res­cue and relief. But to film­mak­er Cecil­ia Aldaron­do, the cov­er­age felt as super­fi­cial as a light rain.