La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla

Director, Producer: Raquel Cepeda
Executive producers:
henry chalfant, sacha jenkins



Cepeda is currently in production on La Madrina: The [Savage] Life of Lorine Padilla, a feature length documentary about a beloved South Bronx matriarch and former “First Lady” of the Savage Skulls gang struggling to remain visible in a rapidly gentrifying community she helped rebuild in the 1970s. With one foot firmly grounded in the outlaw life and the other as an activist and spiritual advisor, Lorine Padilla, 63, straddles the complexities of multiple worlds. Employing rich never-before-seen archives of the borough that gifted the world both salsa and hip-hop culture, we will go on a complicated and, at times, surreal journey through five decades of Bronx history and resilience in LA MADRINA’s own words.

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