USA / 2013 / 90mins
Directed by Miriam Kruishoop
East Coast Premiere / Post-screening Q&A with Director and Cast
Lead Cast: Angel Amaral and Manny Perez
LA Latino Film Festival, Best Director Award, 2013.
Set against the backdrop of Bush’s War on Terror and Barack Obama’s rise to the presidency, “Greencard Warriors” follows 14-year-old Angel (assured newcomer Angel Amaral), an undocumented Latino, as he struggles to find his place in an increasingly violent world. Dangling the promise of naturalization papers, the military seems to offer Angel’s family a chance for a brighter future if they send his older brother into the U.S. Army. But with his protective eldest brother gone, Angel is left to the designs of a local street gang – whose members object to his developing romance with an African-American teen (Paige Hurd) – and the family must deal with the grim consequences of the choices they have made in pursuit of the American Dream. The film’s excellent cast includes Manny Perez (“La Soga,” “Bella”), Vivica A. Fox (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Kill Bill”), and Adrian Bellani (“Moneyball”)
Miriam Kruishoop, is an award-winning writer/director born in the Netherlands. She graduated with honors from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam where she wrote and directed her first feature film Vive Elle as a student. Miriam directed her second feature, Unter den Palmen, with childhood idol Helmut Berger and Thom Hoffman, which opened the Dutch Film Festival. Miriam is the youngest female to have directed a feature film in the Netherlands, and is also the youngest Netherlands Film Festival Gouden Kalf nominee for Best Director
Screens with the accompanying short:
Directed by Derrick L. Sanders
Desmond, an intellectual loner, is thinking about how to steer clear of the chaos in his high school and how to get the attention of Aasha, the class beauty.