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Directed by Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía "Beba" Contreras

USA | 77 min | 2023

In this coming of age, summer self-portrait, Silvia and Beba make magic of their everyday moments on the Texas-Mexico border.

In Laredo, a city in southern Texas on the Mexican border, best friends Silvia and Beba know that the long summer nights of their youth cannot last forever. Their hang-out spots are so familiar but, stuck in an immigration process, over these places also hangs the constant threat of deportation. Under these circumstances, home seems a fragile concept. Between bars, drive-thrus, friends' couches and the borderlands, they confront the stresses of survival, the future, and community building. For them, this means protest action for legal abortion and against border control abuses, in a politically divided America. But the dusty half-light is also a time for poetry and dreams. Their laughter and creative expression cement a sense of solidarity and belonging in togetherness.
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Silvia Del Carmen Castaños (he/they) is a filmmaker and transit planner based in Boston. They were born and raised in Laredo, TX. Their debut short film ""Ocean” won a prize at the 2018 Laredo International Media & Film Festival. Silvia has been a Firelight Documentary Fellow, BAVC MediaMaker Fellow, LEF/CIFF Fellow, Sundance/WIF Fellow, and an NBCU Original Voices Fellow.

Estefanía "Beba" Contreras (she/her) is a musician and filmmaker who was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and grew up in Laredo, Texas and dreams of living in space. Beba has been a Firelight Documentary Fellow, Sundance/WIF Strategy Intensive Fellow, and an NBCU Original Voices Fellow.
Type of Film Feature
Country of Origin USA
Year Film Was Completed 2023
Runtime 77 min
Director Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía "Beba" Contreras
Produced by Jillian Schlesinger, Miguel Drake-McLaughlin, Leslie Benavides, Ana Rodríguez-Falcó, Diane Ng, Rivkah Beth Medow
Cinematography Miguel Drake-McLaughlin, Diane Ng
Edited by Isidore Bethel, Jillian Schlesinger
Music by Estefanía "Beba" Contreras, Elijah Cruz, Brendan Hoy
Sound Design Danielle Dupre