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Plays in Shorts Program: Love That Dares Not
Saturday, June 15
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg Center

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001



Alfredo Torres


Alfredo Torres, Jennifer Redfearn, Jason Spingarn-Koff


Alfredo Torres


Alfredo Torres

Set in one of the few LGBTQ+ shelters in Tijuana, Jardines is an intimate portrait of the life experiences and trajectories unique to displaced queer folks as they flee violence and persecution in their home countries. The film introduces us to people from all over the world as they contemplate the uncertainty of a future in the United States at a time when asylum legislation and LGBTQ+ rights are under legal duress. In this limbo, amid the shelter’s walls, we share a moment in time with its residents. Strangers become friends and family, sharing profound moments of joy and grief, sorrow and hope.

Director, Jardines

Alfredo Torres is a documentary filmmaker from Costa Rica. With a strong focus on themes of migration, LGBTQIA+ rights, and the environment, his work often explores contemporary aspects of creativity, culture, and identity. Alfredo’s debut short documentary, Jardines, premiered at the Telluride Film Festival. Alfredo holds a master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley and was awarded the special Marlon T. Riggs Fellowship Award. His work has appeared in the United Nations, Mongabay, and PBS outlets. His pursuits in non-fiction work have also been supported by renowned institutions like the Berkeley Film Foundation.