Filmmakers and Producers

Florentino Natasha

Natasha Florentino is an independent documentary filmmaker. Natasha’s films strive to capture the strength and resiliency of communities who have come up against enormous odds. She has spent the last 4 years directing and producing documentaries about the struggle of Harlem activists fighting a threatening rezoning, Bronx residents negotiating with a powerful developer for a community benefits agreement and an NGO working with children in a slum area of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Her most recent project is about a native Hawaiian community’s efforts to reverse the ecological damage inflicted on the island of Moloka’i by corporate agriculture. Natasha’s work confronts community development issues and the often‐conflicting intersection between private interests and community needs. Natasha graduated from the City Of New York’s Hunter College in 2003 with a degree in Film & Media Studies and is currently an MFA candidate in the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College.


Rezoning Harlem: The Battle over Harlem's Future
Natasha Florentino & Tamara Gubernat
Producer: Natasha Florentino, Tamara Gubernat, Juliana Alzate and Pamela Nichols
2008, 40 min., Color, US
Since 2002, more than 100 rezonings have been signed into law in New York City, including the rezoning of 125th Street in Harlem.

REZONING HARLEM follows longtime members of the Harlem community as they fight a 2008 rezoning that threatens to erase the history and culture of their lege...

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