Ten thousand years of history just became available to enjoy from any connected device. Available to view at no charge from the 100 Ladies of Deering and Deering Estate Foundation websites, the award-winning documentary film, On This Land, The Charles Deering Estate is now available in Spanish and English. Funded by the 100 Ladies of Deering, a philanthropic circle of the Deering Estate Foundation, the film was written by author and preservationist Becky Roper Matkov and produced by Emmy-Award-winning director Carl Kesser. Perfect as a tool for online learning, this 27-minute documentary can be presented in Spanish or English, with or without subtitles, to support language, history, culture, preservation, art and architecture fields of study.

Since its premiere in 2017, On This Land, The Charles Deering Estate has been aired on Public Television and has been a featured presentation at many gatherings of civic groups and chambers of commerce. It has been honored by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and Dade Heritage Trust and has garnered prestigious media awards, including two Telly Awards, given for excellence in video and television across all screens, two Communicator Awards for History and Biography, and a Davey Award, for excellence as a production deriving “strength from big ideas rather than stratospheric budgets.”

With the intent of expanding the film’s outreach to a global audience and making the film more accessible to Spanish speaking audiences, the 100 Ladies of Deering funded a Spanish language version of the film, now available online. The Spanish version of the film premiered with a showing at the Palau de Maricel Museum, in Sitges, Spain, a property once owned by Charles Deering.

“In addition to being available through our website, Vimeo and YouTube, we are delighted to be able to offer DVDs containing both English and Spanish versions, with optional closed captions in each language,” says Becky Roper Matkov, president of the Deering Estate Foundation Board. “We hope this will be a valuable resource locally for school groups and Spanish-speaking visitors and will help broaden the recognition of the Deering Estate internationally.”

Contact the Deering Estate Foundation office to obtain a DVD or request more information on presentations, by phone at 305-235-1668 x 272, or email [email protected].

About the 100 Ladies of Deering
The 100 Ladies of Deering is a philanthropic circle of women dedicated to preserving the Deering Estate. Joined in friendship, they work to bring about meaningful change through investments that advance awareness, promote public engagement, and protect the cultural and natural resources to further Charles Deering’s legacy in South Florida. The 100 Ladies of Deering is governed by the bylaws and works in partnership with the Deering Estate Foundation. For more information, visit 100LadiesofDeering.org.