In 2006, I had the privilege to co-direct this life changing film with Nicholas Bruckman and Jesse Thomas. After a year long shoot that led me from San Francisco, to Bolivia, Tijuana, and eventually back to New York City, we started the 2 year process of post-production. We all wore many hats during the entirety of the process, making this film a highly personal triumph for each one of us. I am extremely proud of this film, and the continued impact it has across the globe. Please see more info below:

The true story of an undocumented immigrant's journey to save the life of her ailing daughter. LA AMERICANA broadcast on over a dozen networks worldwide, including National Geographic Mundo, PBS World, and Al Jazeera English. Winner of multiple awards at film festivals across the country, LA AMERICANA is now being used as the centerpiece for a nationwide campaign to engage and inspire audiences to dialogue about immigrants’ rights and immigration reform.

* Winner, Best Documentary New York Latino Film Festival, 2008
* Winner, Best Documentary, Ojai Film Festival, 2008
* Winner, Best Documentary Urbanworld Film Festival, 2008
* Winner, Special Mention of the Jury, Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, 2008
* Winner, Jury & Audience Awards Cine Las Americas Film Festival, 2008
* Winner, Best Documentary Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, 2009
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2008, Documentary film, 65 minutes
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“Three and a half stars. Highly recommended. A timely documentary… Takes an intensely personal look at U.S. immigration policy, focusing on the experiences of one woman to convey both the aspirations and hardships of undocumented workers.” - Video Librarian

“La Americana draws a bead on the brutal effect U.S. immigration policy has on families… A compelling and intimate portrait of a heart-wrenching case. This video is a needed document for the debate… Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries with representation of Latin American studies, immigration studies, human rights, international relations, and U.S. domestic policy.” - Educational Media Reviews Online

"Refreshing, ambitious, and important." - Caitlin Graham, The Feminist Review

"Devastating. Shows firsthand how the political affects the personal." - Sun Sentinel

"Surprisingly poignant and effecting." – Baltimore City Paper

"Smart... [has] a sense of weight and historical importance" - Austin Chronicle

“Expertly weaves the contemporary immigration debate into the tale of this unforgettable woman." - Filmmaker Magazine

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