Zee, an 86-year-old retired teacher decides to go back to the happiest time of her life in order to make peace with the path she has chosen and reconnect with her students from the early 90’s in East Harlem. Most of her students were non-readers, but through her non-traditional methods, they produced a pretty significant body of poetry, which she has kept all these years. Finding the kids will give Zee the closure she needs and also a sense of what her legacy is, as a teacher and as a human being.

About Director


Guatemalan-born Vivian Rivas graduated as an Architect in 1990. In 1993 she worked as a prop-master for the award winning first Guatemalan feature film The Silence of Neto and moved to NYC to pursue her passion for filmmaking. At 52 years old, she decided to go back to school to get a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking. Ebb Tide is her thesis project. Her goal is to shoot and direct documentaries about regular people who go through unexpected journeys.