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Story

In the absence of the father she once idolized, a young Latina struggles to grow up and triumph amidst her decaying Brooklyn ghetto.

GENRE : Coming-of-Age Drama
RUN TIME : 90 minutes
STATUS : Pre Production
AUDIENCE : 13-45 Female & Male Urban

Elaine is a happy and quirky 9-year-old living with her Mom, Dad, and three half-siblings as one of the only Puerto Rican families in the welfare projects of Brownsville, Brooklyn in 1980s New York City.

 

Her best friends are her intellectually & physically disabled aunt, Elizabeth, and her musically-gifted, salsa-loving father, Manny.

 

Elaine idolizes her father and is extremely proud that she has inherited his artistic ways. Through Elaine’s young eyes, life is perfect. But everything comes crashing down when she discovers he is struggling with drug addiction and must leave her behind in order to rehabilitate in Puerto Rico.

 

Elaine struggles to come to terms with her new life, and as a teenager, her bad behavior escalates. Fearing for the road ahead, her mother sends her to spend time with her father who is prospering in Puerto Rico. Manny will try desperately to make up for lost time, but he is hiding a new secret: he has contracted HIV from his time as a drug user. 

 

Elaine must find a way to forgive her father and learn to love herself again if she is to accept the sum of all of her parts and escape the pitfalls of her ever-deteriorating environment.

Reviews

“From Girlhood Trials to Onstage Triumph.”

The New York Times

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