Earlier than Isabel Castro’s “Mija” bows on Disney+ September 16, audiences will get an opportunity to see the doc without cost in choose theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for a one-week interval starting in the present day, 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 trade, 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 Authentic Documentary described the movie as “a love letter to immigrants, their youngsters, and the facility of a dream,” and added additional: “As we wish to construct out Disney Authentic Documentary, we’ve been very eager on discovering genuine narratives, character-driven storytelling, and likewise filmmakers that usher in an strategy and magnificence to their work. ‘Mija’ is such an genuine portrayal of what it means to be a first-generation child and to pursue your goals and stability these goals whereas additionally caring for your loved ones. The music factor actually spoke to us as properly.”
In an interview with Girls and Hollywood, Castro talked about transitioning from her function as a journalist to changing into a filmmaker, spurred on by a “longing to convey the extremely advanced dynamics of immigrant households and all of the feelings they navigate, together with guilt, resentment, and anger.”
Whereas filming throughout 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 disillusioned 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 couple of years I’ve labored actually exhausting to discover a visible voice. I had not anticipated working principally alone, however I feel that my skilled objective of studying the way to shoot ready me for it.”
Following its premiere at Sundance this yr, the movie loved a run on the pageant circuit, with screenings at CPH DOX, San Francisco Worldwide Movie Competition, and Sizzling Docs amongst others.
Castro beforehand directed the documentary shorts “Darlin” and “USA v Scott,” incomes Information & Documentary Emmy nominations for each.
See beneath for a trailer for “Mija” and click on right here to search out out the place you may watch it without cost.