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La Espera

La Espera / The Wait (2016)
USA, Mexico - 19min
Directed by: Juan Pablo González
Produced by: Makena Buchanan

An exploration on the way fear shapes the contour of spaces, The Wait portrays at once the straits of immigrant life and the haunting soundscape of reprieve.

Festival Selections and Awards:

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2017
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST 2017
NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Narrative short film jury award winner
MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL 2016
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE GUANAJUATO 2016
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE CINE DE MORELIA (FICM) 2016

Synopsis:

Alejandra visits her parents during a college break. On the way from the bus station her mother, Miriam, presses on her scholarship application, sure about Alejandra’s merits. But Alejandra, who benefitted from Obama’s deferred deportation act, knows better: this is Texas, after all, and local anti-immigrant laws and sentiments reduce her chances. The tables are turned when they arrive home to discover that Luis, her father, suffered an accident. Miriam and Alejandra are forced to deal with this shocking situation while confronting their own notions of belonging and trust. An exploration on the way fear shapes the contour of spaces, La espera portrays at once the straits of immigrant life and the haunting soundscape of reprieve.

For more information or to watch the full film please contact makena@makenafilm.com

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