14 May 2010

Immigrant Story 'Entre Nos' Opens in New York City

The Ms. Foundation is pleased to be a co-sponsor of Entre Nos, a dramatic film about a Colombian immigrant family's struggles in the United States, which opens Friday, May 14 at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan and the Center Cinema 5 in Sunnyside, Queens. Written and directed by Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte, Entre Nos is the story of Mariana (played by Paola Mendoza) and her children Gabriel, 10, and Andrea, 6. Inspired by Paola Mendoza's family, the film shows Mariana's challenges in a strange city where she barely speaks the language, to provide for her family, financially and emotionally. In the process it tells a story about the lives of immigrants in today's United States.

After working together on the award winning documentary film, Autumn's Eyes, which shows prison, poverty, and life through the life of a three-year-old girl, Paola and Gloria decided to develop a narrative film. Paola had grown up hearing fragments of her mother's story when she first arrived in United States from Colombia and of her father's abandonment. Paola and Gloria went to work capturing not only the pain, but also the inspiring hope of this family. Their script won a prize at the Independent Film Week's Emerging Narrative section. The winnings included the Panasonic camera they used for the production of the film.

More information:
Screening schedule
Watch Paola Mendoza discuss Entre Nos and make a plea for immigration reform.
View Autumn's Eyes online.

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