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Supporting the future(s) we want

Marly Hernández Cortés

Born Aguadilla, Puerto Rico


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Runtime 18:24
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Mala, tells the story of Lucinda, a young migrant worker who tries to navigate a balance between her teenage independence and the demands of work on a farm.

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Directed by Marly Hernández Cortés


Marly Hernández Cortés grew up in Aguadilla, a small town on the west coast of Puerto Rico. In New York she studied acting at Circle in the Square and HB Studios. Marly received her M.F.A. in directing and film production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Most recently she became a Zaentz Film Fellow (SZIF) and Production Grant recipient through Johns Hopkins. She is the recipient of a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) scholarship, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) grant/scholarship, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant. Her thesis film Mala was made with the support of a Panavision Production Grant and received an award grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, having its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival. She is an adjunct professor at multiple universities and a photographer in Baltimore City.