Anita

Anita’s work in theater spans eight decades and a host of adventures. Forty years ago she performed in West Side Story and at age 90, she appears in a play directed by her granddaughter.

A singer. A dancer. An actress. Shot out of a cannon in Ringling Brothers Circus (yes, really). A political advocate. A wife, times four. A mother, times two.

We trace her early years in Vieques, Puerto Rico, her immigration to New York alone at age 11, and her family’s lean times in New York’s barrio.

Anita’s Latina cultural heritage figures prominently in the film: we follow her at the Puerto Rican Day Parade as it salsas its way up Fifth Avenue, at the United Nations where she speaks on behalf of her birthplace, and witness her ambitious collaboration on a Puerto Rican themed musical drama. At 92, she returns to Puerto Rico as an animal rights advocate with her daughter Jane, a poignant trip that is most likely her last.

When a bad fall lands her in the hospital, Anita faces major changes and long-held fears about mobility and dependence, but we also recognize her endearing and enduring ability to live in the moment and adapt to change.