Magdalena Viraga

(16mm/90 min/1986)

Story of A Red Sea Crossing. Shot in the bars and seedy hotels of East LA, this film is about the inner life of a prostitute imprisoned for killing her pimp. Winner of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association award for “Best Independent/Experimental Film of the Year”, MAGDALENA was featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial as well as in over 40 other film festivals worldwide. Tinka Menkes brilliantly portrays the emotionally frozen prostitute on a circular inner journey, as she battles at the walls which surround her—both material and psychic.

I have not been so moved since watching Tarkovsky; a uniquely compelling intellectual and visual experience.”

Radio France Culture

Produced with support from a Jacob Javitz National Graduate Fellowship.