Arleen Cruz-Alicea is a Puerto Rican filmmaker and cinema advocate. She was President of the Puerto Rico Documentary Association. She is director of CUENTAS PENDIENTES (UNSETTLED ACCOUNTS), ANATOMÍA DE LAS CANAS (ANATOMY OF THE CRONE GODDESS), and producer of PERFUME DE GARDENIAS, a narrative film that will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival.
Comida pa’ los Pobres (Food for the Poor) follows Giovanni, a young Puerto Rican activist, as he confronts the island’s persistent crisis of food insecurity. Motivated by his childhood struggle with hunger, he seeks to inspire his fellow citizens to join a movement of solidarity-oriented work by feeding families and college students through mutual aid efforts – all while facing challenges from local authorities.