Alumna Carmen Román, MFA ’13, Wins for Best Documentary at San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Carmen Roman onstage

Carmen Roman (in red dress) receives award onstage

Oakland, CA–November 02, 2016

Mills alumna Carmen Román, MFA ’13, was honored for her film Inheriting a Legacy, during the closing night of the San Francisco Dance Film Festival in October. The twelve-minute documentary highlights the dance traditions of African descendants in the vibrant town of El Carmen, Peru.

Román is artistic director of Cunamacué, an Oakland-based dance company dedicated to the promotion and continuity of Afro-Peruvian culture. A native of Peru who was raised in the Bay Area and Peru, Román has presented her choreography at venues in both locales, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, Zellerbach Hall, Museo Nacional Afroperuano in Lima, and the Kutuká International Festival in Cañete. She holds an MFA in dance from Mills College.

The San Francisco Dance Film Festival, which awarded Román for Best Documentary and Cinematography this year, is an international platform for dance-based films, drawing filmmakers from around the world. Presented works include short experimental dance pieces made for the camera, filmic interpretations of dance performances originally created for the stage, and documentaries that deliver historical profiles of dance or behind-the-scenes views of choreographers.