Alejandra, an Indigenous, transgender woman from Oaxaca, Mexico prepares to visit her hometown to reunite with her mother for the first time after 28 years in the United States. Alejandra's homecoming journey is explored through the multiple communities she identifies with as she calls for solidarity and mutual liberation.
Alejandra, an Indigenous, transgender woman from Oaxaca, Mexico escaped violence in her hometown and fled to the U.S. 28-years-ago. Today, Alejandra prepares for several long-awaited events in her life before her first homecoming trip: her gender-confirmation surgery, completing a degree, opening a restaurant and making peace with the Catholic Church.
Alejandra's lifelong quest for a safe place through her intersecting identities has turned her into a beacon of solidarity to many and a testament to the importance –and sometimes limits- of solidarity.
Brenda Avila-Hanna is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. Born and raised in Mexico City, her films mostly focus on transnational stories between Latin America and the U.S. Brenda is currently a fellow for the NMC Lab through LPB and a current recipient of BAVC's National MediaMaker Fellowship. She is a two-time finalist for the International Documentary Challenge and a member-owner of New Day Films, where she serves as team lead for Equity and Representation. Brenda received an M.A. in Social Documentation from UCSC in 2013 and is still an active member of the film and education community in California's Central Coast.
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