Film-maker Aurora Guerrero, whose movie Mosquita Y Mari was dubbed an "unassuming indie jewel" by the New York Times – got her chance to impress jaded New Yorkers and film critics with the help of a 2012 Sundance Institute/Time Warner Foundation Fellowship.
"On top of the financial support, I also carry the prestige of the title. It's that stamp of approval that helps get you noticed in an industry that doesn't always make space for filmmakers that look like me or identify like me," Guerrero explained. "Not many queer women of color have the opportunity to make their features happen … if I continue to share my work and especially my journey with this film, I think it can serve as an inspiration for others. That's my hope."
Guerrero's film, a semi-autobiographical story of two young Latina girls dealing with the pressures of family and their emerging sexual identities, debuted at Cinema Village in Manhattan on August 3. During its two week run, the film received critical praise and was attended by over 1,000 movie goers. For Guerrero's next project, she's tackling the heated debate over immigration in the U.S.