When Trying To Fit In Can Destroy Your Life
Director Sara Robin lines a light on Immigration in her latest short film Cranberry Nights. Told through the eyes of a teenager. Desperate to feel like a normal high schooler for once, 16-year old Juana sneaks out to party with her friends, while her mother works the night shift. As the evening carries on, Juana steps out of her comfort zone to get closer to her crush, Robin. She never suspects that her best friend, Kelly, will risk Juana’s life with a drunken slip of the tongue. We had a chance to chat with Sara about her film and the impact she hopes it would have on audiences.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT: Over the course of researching and writing the film, I was lucky to get in contact with several undocumented young people. Their stories are full of sacrifice, frustration, and disillusion. But also full of hope. In recent years, more and more undocumented people are openly speaking out about their experience. Awareness is rising, largely thanks to the hard work of undocumented people, who are taking the risk to come out of the shadows and push for a better future. I want to support their efforts, and bring the undocumented experience to narrative cinema in a nuanced and truthful way.
Cranberry Nights is part of a feature project that is currently in development, and while it is intended as a self-contained short, it will also serve as a calling card to get a feature-length story about Juana on the big screen. Throughout the project, I have extensively researched and closely collaborated with undocumented people to ensure accuracy and honesty in what is portrayed. I am excited and honored to have several undocumented team members in our cast and crew. Having people on our team, who experienced the story we’re telling first hand made all the difference!
To learn more about the film visit-www.cranberrynights.com