New Yorker Website Features Film by Lorena Manríquez ’88 A short film by Manríquez has been featured on the magazine’s website.
Lorena Manríquez, a 1988 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has landed her work on The New Yorker’s website — her short film, “Hopewell,” accompanies an article about a Nov. 1 arson fire that gutted a Baptist church in Greenville, Mississippi.
Manríquez, the director and producer, depicts the destruction of the church, which has a mostly African-American membership, with three evocative minutes of somber images, music and interviews.
She created the film under the aegis of Field of Vision, which describes itself as “a filmmaker-driven documentary unit that commissions and creates original short-form nonfiction films about developing and ongoing stories around the globe.”
Readers of the W&L alumni magazine first learned about Manríquez in “Finding a Hidden Truth,” a profile in the Summer 2013 issue. Author Ann Burton Gerhardt ’13 detailed the trail that Manríquez blazed from a 16-year engineering career to a new calling as a documentary filmmaker. Her first effort, “Ulises’ Odyssey,” explores her uncle’s exile during the Pinochet regime in Chile, her home country.