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This Short Film Shows The Hard And Dangerous Life Of Being Undocumented And Trans

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Posted by Afuera on Saturday, May 14, 2016

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“People need to know we exist.”

“Afuera” is short film that gives viewers a deep and gritty look into the lives of undocumented trans Latinas in the U.S. The 15-minute short, which has been making the rounds at California film festivals, is dark, raunchy and the unadulterated truth of the lives many of our trans hermanas live with every day. The film follows Jennifer, a trans Latina prostitute played by Jennifer London, as she navigates a world of fear and love in Los Angeles. According to Daily Bruin, filmmaker and director Steven Liang made a concerted effort to establish a diverse cast, with 65 percent of the cast made up of people of color.

“As a filmmaker, it is very important to champion diverse talent because our stories are getting much more diverse and global. It’s important for filmmakers to reflect our changing audience,” Liang told Daily Bruin.

But the film is more than just the story of a trans, undocumented prostitute trying to survive. It is trying to create the narrative that trans women are no different than cis women. Many trans women end up stuck in a life of sex work and homelessness, according to London, but this film seeks to show the love and longing many trans women face.

“It’s more than just a transgender sex worker movie,” Jennifer London told Vibe. “Transgender women are more than that. We are girls filled with dreams. And we want to fall in love with somebody, and live a life with somebody and grow old with them. I would like people to see the passion that Jennifer has for life, and the warrior that she is everyday.”


READ: This Transgender Boy’s Question To His Mom Is Simply Heartbreaking

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12 Years After 'Move Ya Body,' Nina Sky Is Better Than Ever

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12 Years After ‘Move Ya Body,’ Nina Sky Is Better Than Ever

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You might remember 2004 as a white, blond pop princess’s paradise, where Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson, Avril Levine and Brittany Spears dominated the charts. Then, Nina Sky, a Puerto Rican-American queer duo of identical twins from Queens came along and blew them all out of the water. Their hit “Move Ya Body” rose to the top of the billboards instantly and had us all dancing in the grocery store.

Twelve years later, they’re back! Break out the boom box because their latest song, “Champion Lover,” needs to be playing right now.

In an interview with Huffington Post, they talked about how different it is making music today. “We look at someone like Frank Ocean when he put out his music and then he said, ‘Hey, I’m gay,'” said Nicole Albino, one-half of the sister duo. “That was so powerful. In 2004, I couldn’t do that because of the pressures and the way they thought that Latinas should look and hold themselves. It’s always hard. It says a lot about someone who has the courage to be themselves.”

They feel better than ever making music today. “When you are your most honest self, it is the most effortlessly cool thing you can do,” she continued. “And people will respond to that.”


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