“Profoundly affecting…A highly personal portrait of the importance of embracing who you have while you still can.” — Nick Schager, Village Voice

“Emotionally draining but perfect all the same … the way this documentary has been put together is incredible.” — Josh Withey, The Independent

“Most of all, Memories of a Penitent Heart is an extraordinary act of bravery…So raw, it speaks universally for the unresolved family conflicts that are common to all.” — Laura Davis, One Room With A View

Memories of a Penitent Heart is a found poem—heartfelt, sincere and aching in all the best ways.” — David Shreve, Audiences Everywhere

“Aldarondo’s remarkable detective work makes us present to the conflict homosexuality has against conservative religion and vice versa.” — John Townsend, Lavender

“A heart wrenching story of familial flaws and the mythologizing of people deceased, there’s enough memories and heart to entice you.” — Kristen Lopez, Cinema Sentries

“The only way to understand Memories of a Penitent Heart is to see it yourself. I hope you do. My words can’t do it justice.” — Nathanael Hood, Screen Comment

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