La Once “Tea Time” a documentary film by Chilean Director/Writer/Cinematographer Maite Alberdi

View entire film online on PBS until August 25, 2015 following this link.

About the Filmmaker: 

Maite Alberdi, born in Chile in 1983, studied film and aesthetics at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her first film, The Lifeguard (2011), was released internationally at IDFA. Tea Time, her second documentary feature, won the award for best Chilean film at the 2014 Santiago International Film Festival, where Alberdi also won for best director of a Chilean film. Tea Time won a 2014 EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA and Best Documentary awards from the 2015 Guadalajara Film Festival and the 2015 Cartagena Film Festival, plus the Knight Documentary Achievement Award from the 2015 Miami International Film Festival. Alberdi, who lives in Santiago, Chile, teaches documentary directing at several universities and is co-author of the book Teorías del cine documental en Chile: 1957-1973.

Director: Maite Alberdi
Producer: Clara Taricco
Cinematographer: Pablo Valdés
Sound Director: Boris Herrera
Camera: Pablo Valdés, Maite Alberdi
Writers: Maite Alberdi, Sebastián Brahm, Juan Eduardo Murillo
Editors: Juan Eduardo Murillo, Sebastián Brahm

Running Time: 56:46

About the Film:

Chilean Women Share Stories of Love, Loss and Change During 60-Year Ritual of Tea, Conversation and Friendship

A Co-production of ITVS International; A Co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting”

“A bite-size confection whose surface sweetness hides hints of more complex flavors, ‘Tea Time’ is…intriguing… will strike a particular chord with more mature audiences.”

— Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Can we talk? The answer has been a resounding “yes” for a group of five Chilean women who have gathered once a month for the past 60 years to speak their minds–and reveal the current state of their hearts and souls.

In an abiding ritual of friendship and survival, these now-elderly Santiago women have come together for tea and pastries–and talk–during an era of intense social and personal change. Director Maite Alberdi, granddaughter of one of the group members, captures their intimate, charming and poignant gatherings in Tea Time, which has its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s POV (Point of View) series on Monday, July 27, 2015. POV is American television’s longest-running independent documentary series and the recipient of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

TV Schedule for Arizona:


Tuesday, July 28, 2:00am


Wednesday, July 29, 11:00pm

Thursday, July 30, 4:00am

Thursday, July 30, 12:00pm

Thursday, July 30, 6:00pm


Tuesday, July 28, 1:00am

Tuesday, July 28, 6:00am

Sunday, August 2, 7:00am


Tuesday, July 28, 1:00am

Tuesday, July 28, 6:00am

Sunday, August 2, 7:00am

More channels airing “Tea Time” here.