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.”