Form & Pressure in the Press

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Ms. in the Biz Interview

“What are your hopes and dreams for your audiences who get to see Marisol? 

To me it’s more about sparking up a conversation that can potentially lead to some type of understanding and initiative. This film strives to put a complex, political situation in a relatable setting. Most people can relate to what it feels like when your family is threatened, regardless of whether you are an immigrant or not. When you’re able put yourself in the same scenario as Marisol – a mother who fears she will be taken away from her daughter in a foreign country – all the political layers of her being a threat, her being an illegal alien, all of that strips away. You can connect with her as a human. There’s power in that connection, power to change and to progress.”

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Directed by Women

LS: Yes, this was the main reason we wanted to create the film—to have the conversation with people who might not be used to thinking about immigration in ways other than black and white. It’s not so easy to think so definitively about immigration when you see the human side of it. Especially at a time in our country when everything seems so polarized. People are taking sides on every little thing, without thinking it through, sometimes. Maybe we can open some minds and hearts, and complicate the thinking a little bit.”

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The Independent Critic Review

Marisol is an absolutely beautiful 15-minute short film, a film that captures the intimacy of the stories that we too quickly label as "undocumented immigrants" rather than recognizing their humanity. Yet, Marisol also powerfully portrays how askew things can go when authority is provided to people who haven't truly earned it and use it to further their own agendas. There's also, as well, light shed on the delicate balance between local and national authorities and how quickly they can come into conflict.”