Joselyn, a Mexican transgender undocumented immigrant woman, crosses the Mexico/U.S. border to flee increasingly dangerous conditions in her hometown. She attempts to adjust to her new home in Queens, New York, but finds similar oppressive conditions in the U.S. After the murder of her best friend she falls into deep depression. Joselyn finds a community of transgender women and together they fight to lift themselves out of poverty by attempting to open the first trans owned cooperative salon in the United States.


  • Rafael Samanez

    Rafael Samanez

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  • Rafael Samanez

  • Adam LaPalio

  • Adam LaPalio & Rafael Samanez

    Director of Photography
  • Ben Hansen, Trevor Schlam, Rafael Samanez

    Sound Designers
  • Rafael Samanez

  • Adam LaPalio

    Assistant Editor
  • Other Credits

  • Veronika Granda & Miguel Samanez & Lorène Carpentier

    Associate Producer
  • Cast & Crew

  • Joselyn Mendoza

    "Joselyn Mendoza"
  • Lesly Herrera

    " Lesly Herrera"
  • Rafael Samanez

    Rafael Samanez was born in Bahia, Brazil and grew up in Cleveland, OH. He now resides in the Bronx, NY. His work as a community organizer is a source of inspiration for his films. He has been awarded the Frederick Douglass Award, Union Square Award, New York State Assembly Citation, and New York State Senate Citation. Samanez’s films delve into the intersectionality of gender, critical race theory, migration, class, and religion. His current work revolves around the plight of transgender immigrants in New York City. He has received a 2018 Princess Grace Award/Honoraria in film and the John Grist Documentary/BAFTA New York Scholarship.

  • Bio

    TJ Ali Bowden

    TJ Ali is a rising filmmaker and TV/Digital Producer having produced linear pilot TV shows for networks BET Networks, NBC Entertainment, REVOLT TV and most recently VICE Media’s VICELAND network. TJ was awarded a fellowship in the International Radio and Television Society program in 2014, which catapulted his career in linear television. TJ is embarking on a new fiction storytelling journey. He lives in New York City and hails from the south side of Chicago.

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