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Tea Time


A celebration of the small things that help us endure. Tea Time, filmed over five years, illuminates a beautiful paradox: as familiar worlds slip away, friendships grow ever stronger and more profound. Ritual is often associated with powerful and impersonal institutions, but for five Chilean women, ritual centers on a monthly gathering that has sustained them through 60 years of personal and societal change. A charming and poignant look at how a seemingly mundane routine of tea and pastries has helped the well-heeled participants commemorate life’s joys and cope with infidelity, illness and death.


  • The Huffington Post
    Pour yourself a cup of tea, grab a slice of cheesecake...slump into a comfy chair and watch Tea Time. Within Alberdi's personal, beautiful film you'll find a wisdom you didn't know you were craving.
  • USA Today
    If you need a complete cultural cleansing [from reality TV], turn to this film about five Chilean women who have used their monthly tea parties to hold their friendship together through 60 years of change.
  • TV Latina
    The production illuminates the paradox that as familiar worlds escape, friendships grow stronger and more profound.
  • What (not) to doc
    Alberdi's film offers the viewer a place at the table to listen into the gossip, recognize each woman's quirks, and be to be charmed by them all while witnessing the elaborate pastry spreads they've painstakingly organized.

Festival Participation

  • EIDF (South Korea)
    Best Documentary
  • DocsBarcelona
    Best Documentary
  • Guadalajara Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • The Alliance of Women Film Journalists'
    EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary - IDFA
  • Miami International Film Festival
    Knight Documentary Achievement Award
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena
    Best Documentary
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • CNEX Documentary Film Festival (Taiwan)
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Docaviv (Israel)
  • True/False Film Fest (USA)
  • ZagrebDox
    Official Competition
  • IDFA (The Netherlands)

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