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Marisol | Kevin Casanova Abrams on the Struggles of Dreamers Today

In recent years, politics have pushed the story of undocumented immigrants on the borders of the United States. One of the most important and sometimes neglected stories is of the children, also known as Dreamers, who arrived in this country at a young age, growing up as Americans, and the lack realization that they are undocumented.

The indie film Marisol tells the story of a young teen who discovers her undocumented status and goes into hiding after a minor crime incident that sparked her fear of deportation.

The film stars Esméralda Camargo, Mia King, Max Pelayo, Theo Taplitz, and Ricky Catter. Kevin Casanova Abrams directed the movie from the screenplay written by Claire Audrey Aguayo.

Here is the short synopsis of the film:

When 17-year-old Marisol Rivera is accused of a crime the same night she finds out she’s undocumented, she flees her small Texas border town and goes on the run. Navigating the painful realities of a new identity and an uncertain future, she travels north in search of her mother and answers she may never find. However, when the same forces of hate that drove her away turn on her family, Marisol must choose whether to return home and confront her accusers or continue living in the shadows. Marisol is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding a voice that speaks truth and a power that transcends borders.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director Kevin Casanova Abrams on his young cast, small town production, Dreamers, and putting empathy into his stories.

Kevin Casanova Abrams graduated from University of Pennsylvania and received his MFA in directing from the American Film Institute. He produced the Independent Spirit nominated The Dynamiter and Showtime documentary The Other Shore. Recently, he filmed the police corruption documentary I Got A Monster. Currently, he is in post-production of another documentary Circles of Failure, chronicling the Fall of Kabul that resulted in the Afghan refugee crisis in 2021.

Marisol is available on VOD via Screen Media today. The film will be screening at the New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) on September 23.

Watch the exclusive interview with Kevin Casanova Abrams below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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