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St. Croix Native Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz Shines in Documentary Film Industry

St. Croix native Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz of Cane Bay Films, LLC premiered the trailer of her newest documentary “Sugar Pathways” on Thursday, at the Danish West India & Guinea Company Warehouse in Christiansted.  The documentary explores the migration of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Following the presentation, Bermúdez-Ruiz gave a lecture about her experience making the nearly hour long documentary and why it is significant historically.  Another screening and discussion will be held this Sunday, October 16, at 1 p.m. the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted.

Awards / Nominations for Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz:

  • Best Female Film Director of Color Nominee at the African Diaspora Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary Winner at the Maffa Film Festival
  • Best Short Documentary Winner (aka The Pitirre Award) at the San Juan Cinema Festival
  • Special Jury Mention Award Winner at the Image Nation Film Festival
  • Special Selection Bermuda International Film Festival

Acclaimed Films / Documentaries by Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz:

  • “Better To Be Human”
  • “Exiles”
  • “Forgotten in Paradise”
  • “Rage: the Anger Boiling In”
  • “Spirit of Expression”
  • “Sugar Pathways”
  • “Vieques: An Island Forging Futures”

Ms. Bermúdez-Ruiz earned her bachelor’s degree at Antioch College in Ohio.  After school, she studied film-making worldwide including California, Florida, London and New York City.  She is a member of the International Documentary Association and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (in which she is a founding member of the New York City chapter).

These screenings are a perfect way to end the week of Virgin Islands / Puerto Rico Friendship Day and highlight Hispanic Heritage Month.  If you’re ready to live on a tropical island filled with rich culture, St. Croix may be the perfect place for you.  Contact Chris and Kerri of Farchette & Hanley Real Estate to help you find the perfect home or condo.  You can also download their complimentary St. Croix Event Guide here:

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