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Miami filmmaker Ali Codina wins big at Tribeca

Monica & David, a documentary about a couple with Down syndrome directed by Miami homegirl Ali Codina, won the Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday. The award carries a $25,000 prize.

In honoring the film, the jury stated "Monica & David takes an incredibly intimate situation and beautifully translates it in a way that makes you think about your own life. It's a clear and observant look at a family and the purity of love, fueled by an organic sense of the sadness, joy and everyday humor that fill this epic journey that is life."


Codina (pictured above, left, with her film's co-stars) previously worked as a programmer for the Miami International Film Festival and had spent the last few years working on the movie. HBO has already bought the rights to the film, which will air in October. A Miami premiere is tentatively scheduled for September. Congrats, Ali!


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Jodi Mailander Farrell

Don't forget another local tie-in: Shot by Miami-born filmmaker David Fenster!

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