Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity
DIRECTED BY ISABEL CASTRO
ABOUT THE FILM
Each year, thousands of Mexican nationals immigrate illegally to Los Angeles in search of better opportunities and a safe, sustainable way of living. They work in the shadows, undocumented, hoping that their efforts will pay off and that they will become citizens. For the transgender individuals among them, the shadows are even more difficult to overcome. Faced with discrimination and the challenges of being undocumented, many transgender immigrants turn to the sex industry, often falling prey to its many dangers, including drug addiction, sexual violence, and HIV, simply to survive. Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity interweaves the stories of three such transgender Latina immigrants who came to the U.S. from Mexico in search of a better life.
Francis, Brenda and Abigail’s stories interweave to reveal the sacrifices transgender immigrants in the United States endure in order to live without fear of persecution or abuse in Mexico. The film highlights their reasons for staying in the United States, the sacrifices they make in order to do so, the barriers they continue to face as trans individuals, and why they believe those sacrifices are worth it.
- 46 mins
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