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Nominated for John Cassavetes Award

John Cassavetes Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.


Writer/Director/Producer: Isabel Sandoval

Producers: Darlene Catly Malimas, Jhett Tolentino, Carlo Velayo


After securing a job as a live-in caregiver for Olga (Lynn Cohen), an elderly Russian woman in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood, undocumented Filipina trans woman Olivia’s (Sandoval) main priority is to secure a green card to stay in America. But when she unexpectedly becomes romantically involved with Olga’s adult grandson Alex (Eamon Farren), issues around identity, civil rights and immigration threaten Olivia’s very existence.