"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
SAN LUIS OBISPO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: MIJA–Desperately longing for better representation within the indie music scene, at 23, Doris Muñoz took matters into her own hands and began a career in music talent management, passionately advocating for rising Latinx artists. Her swift success transformed her into the breadwinner for her undocumented family, and a pillar for first and second generation Americans seeking community.
In a moment of crisis when Doris abruptly receives news that forces her to reconsider working in music, she finds Jacks Haupt, a promising Chicana singer desperate to break out of her parents’ home in Dallas, Texas. Through shared moments of hope and joy, Doris and Jacks bond over the ever-present guilt of being the first American-born members of their undocumented families, the financial risks of pursuing their dreams, and the heightened pressure of their success being the family’s hope for greencards and reunification.
Directed by Isabel Castro MIJA Closing Night Film Sunday, May 1 | FREMONT THEATER 6 PM | Awards Ceremony 7 PM | MIJA Film Screening + Conversation Click here for tickets and more information. This project is supported by a California Documentary Project grant.