Entry Title: "SAUDADE"
Name: Theresa Ortolani , United States
Category and Expertise: Photo Essay and Feature Story|Portrait_P|Other_P|Family|Culture|Self-Portrait|Moving Images, Student
Entry Description: I was born at dawn, as 'Dawn', in New York. My motherland. In Portugal, my fatherland, I am called 'Aurora'.
But, my mother did not raise me. My mother took me home – smuggled me in utero, across International borders, when no one could possibly detect the made-in-Portugal-out-of-wedlock embryo she secretly hid under her dress.
I spent a lifetime searching – at first internally, then actively. After locating Gaspar, my birth-father in Portugal, he became my guide. We began retracing our biological family's footsteps, filming as a means of self-discovery (for me) and repentance (for him).