Chiqui is Carlos Cardona’s dedication to his Colombian parents’ pursuit of the American dream.
As with many immigrants, they arrive wide-eyed and optimistic from anywhere around the world. Upon arrival, American life proves difficult with cultures and language barriers. This immigrant story is no different in Chiqui as it’s based on the director’s parents during the 1980s.
Here is the official synopsis of Chiqui:
It’s 1987. Chiqui and Carlos immigrate from Colombia to New Jersey to find a better life for themselves and their unborn son. Upon their arrival, they quickly realize that the American dream is not as easy to achieve as they thought.
The episodic series star Brigitte Silva, Sebastian Beltran, Catherine French, and Gregg Prosser.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with actress Brigitte Silva and director/writer/creator Carlos Cardona in creating this period episodic piece based on Cardona’s parents.
Brigitte Silva began her conservatory studies at the renowned Teatro Libre de Bogota in Colombia at the age of 17. She joined Teatro Libre’s professional theatre company while still a student. She worked on many productions for film, television, stage, and commercials in Colombia, Miami, and New York City. In Bogota, she starred as a recurring character on the live broadcast television program La Pelu. Her recent work also includes the film Private Languages, a psychological thriller set in Manhattan.
Carlos Cardona is a Colombian-American director and cinematographer from Southampton, New York. His first feature film was Second Chance, a crime thriller set in New York City. His second feature was Scenes from a Breakup, an apartment drama that is a work of autofiction. His arthouse music video Hold That Weight received Vimeo Staff Pick in 2020. Also, he was the cinematographer on the pandemic docudrama short Don’t Come Close that screened at a few film festivals.
The pilot episode of Chiqui is currently showcased through the duration of the Sundance Film Festival 2022. For ticketing information, visit www.sundance.org.
Watch the exclusive interview with Brigitte Silva and Carlos Cardona below. Let us know what you think of the interview.