Sometimes My Feet Go Numb

This short video film experimental hybrid is an expressive and moving interpretation of a poem by the same name by African American poet Wayne Corbitt. The piece utilizes dramatic, wide-angle shots of the poet's various body parts over his autobiographical restrained voice over detailing the physical and psychological effects of AIDS drugs on his body. Portillo's combination of non-Latino subject matter as well as her inventive approach to form demonstrate her willingness to challenge cultural as well as documentary expectations.