“The Gringas” is a highly subjective record of the filmmaker’s involvement with the family of a teenaged American-German girl growing up in rural Mexico set around the planning of her quinceañera and its aftermath.
The film is a portrait of a few years in the lives of American and German pagan hippies living in an old school bus parked permanently on a dirt field in Baja Mexico. Lena can move fluidly in urban Los Angeles or rural Mexico, seemingly comfortable in her identity as a Mexican country girl, yet she belongs neither here nor there. The story expands to encompass the lives of her parents and her fiancé and the question of her future becomes a love letter between Mexico and Norte America.
Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Mexico International Film Festival.