Earlier than Isabel Castro’s “Mija” bows on Disney+ September 16, audiences will get an opportunity to see the doc totally free in choose theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for a one-week interval starting at the moment, August 5. The movie can even get an Academy Award qualifying run later this month. Selection broke the information.
The doc follows Doris Muñoz and Jacks Haupt, two daughters of undocumented immigrants from Mexico who’re each navigating their careers within the music business, and bonding over the pressures of being the primary American-born members of their respective households.
Marjon Javadi, VP of Documentary Movie & Docuseries for Disney Unique Documentary described the movie as “a love letter to immigrants, their kids, and the ability of a dream,” and added additional: “As we wish to construct out Disney Unique Documentary, we’ve been very eager on discovering genuine narratives, character-driven storytelling, and in addition filmmakers that herald an method and elegance to their work. ‘Mija’ is such an genuine portrayal of what it means to be a first-generation child and to pursue your desires and steadiness these desires whereas additionally caring for your loved ones. The music ingredient actually spoke to us as properly.”
In an interview with Ladies and Hollywood, Castro talked about transitioning from her function as a journalist to turning into a filmmaker, spurred on by a “longing to convey the extremely complicated dynamics of immigrant households and all of the feelings they navigate, together with guilt, resentment, and anger.”
Whereas filming through the pandemic usually required her to be a crew of only one, she was ready: “I give up my job at a serious information group as a result of I used to be disenchanted within the lack of feminine cinematographers that they employed, and disgruntled by the quantity of males successful cinematography awards. After quitting, I enrolled in a cinematography intensive course, and over the previous few years I’ve labored actually onerous to discover a visible voice. I had not anticipated working principally alone, however I believe that my skilled objective of studying the right way to shoot ready me for it.”
Following its premiere at Sundance this 12 months, the movie loved a run on the competition circuit, with screenings at CPH DOX, San Francisco Worldwide Movie Pageant, and Scorching Docs amongst others.
Castro beforehand directed the documentary shorts “Darlin” and “USA v Scott,” incomes Information & Documentary Emmy nominations for each.
See under for a trailer for “Mija” and click on right here to search out out the place you may watch it totally free.