FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 6:30 to 10 PM


A recorded talk with filmmaker Jayro Bustamante follows the screening

WATER MILL, NY 9/2/2021—As part of the 18th annual OLA Film Festival, guest curated by the Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island (OLA), the Parrish Art Museum will present an outdoor screening of Jayro Bustamante’s award-winning film La Llorona (2019, 97 minutes, R, Spanish and Maya with English subtitles), on Friday evening, September 17. In the film, Bustamante combines the true account of genocide of Myan people in Guatemala with the Latin American folk legend La Llorona, creating an urgent and frightening reimagining of the iconic fable. Doors open at 6 PM for the event, and at 6;30 PM guests are invited to a light reception on the Terrace and gallery tours in English and Spanish of the exhibition Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim. The outdoor screening program begins at 7:30 PM with a trailer of a new series of shorts co-produced by OLA, entitled Opening Hearts, followed by La Llorona, and concluding with a recorded interview with Bustamante.

Admission to the film, tour, and reception is $15 |$5 for Members and students with ID.  

The screening takes place outdoors on the Museum’s Terrace and Event Lawn, rain or shine. Please bring your own chairs, no Museum seating is available. Space on the Terrace is limited; advance ticket purchase and registration is required. Please go to for COVID-19 guidelines and requirements.


A slow-burn political drama that merges the real-life horrors of the Guatemalan genocide with folklore, the film explores how the ghosts of the past bleed into the present. The story is in part based on the genocidal reign of José Efraín Ríos Montt, who died in 2018 but whose crimes still reverberate in the country. In the film, the fictional character of retired general Enrique Monteverde is accused of the genocide of Mayan people and trapped in his home by massive protests. Abandoned by his staff, the indignant old man and his family must face the devastating truth of his actions and the growing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. La Llorona was premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It was selected as the Guatemalan entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, making the shortlist of 15 films.


Prior to the screening, guests will have the opportunity to take a tour of Tomashi Jackson: The Land Claim—the critically acclaimed multi-part exhibition of newly created work in painting, sound, photography, and archival materials that centers on past and present experiences of communities of color on Long Island’s East End. The artist’s extensive research began in January 2020 when she conducted in-depth interviews with members of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities in the area, including OLA Executive Director Minerva Perez.

OLA’s Film Festival has partnered with the Parrish Art Museum for the last 13 years. OLA selects films from around the globe that challenge, engage, and entertain both Spanish and English-speaking audiences. OLA festivals are characterized by music, dancing, food, and wine from Latino/Hispanic countries. 

Friday Nights at the Parrish are made possible, in part, by Presenting Sponsor:

Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.


OLA of Eastern Long Island, Inc.

OLA (Organización Latino-Americana) was founded in 2002 as a nonprofit agency committed to promoting social, economic, cultural, and educational development within Long Island’s East End Latino/Hispanic communities. Through its own programming initiatives and ongoing local collaborations, OLA strives to empower, inform, and celebrate our varied Latino and Hispanic communities while building bridges within the larger East End community that help to foster understanding and harmony.


 Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world. 


Parrish Art Museum construction photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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