On a hot summer day in June, a crowd shuffled into an Alamo Drafthouse to catch a matinee. But the theater wasn’t packed for your standard blockbuster with a big Hollywood name; the film was the brainchild of a group of teens.
“My story is a story of a family ripped apart by ice-cold hands. A 16-year-old left to battle her monsters alone. Monsters that, instead of living under her bed, colonized her mind. The monsters that took hold of her life and refused to let go. No matter how hard she fought, the monsters fought back harder.”
Those are the words of I Am Here’s protagonist, Yesenia, played by 16-year-old Giselle Garibay. Yesenia is a young Texas teen weighed down by a heavy burden: Her mother could be deported at any moment, leaving Yesenia and her younger sister, Angélica, all alone.
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