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Lingua Franca

A deftly woven tale of love and inequality for a Filipina transwoman living under the radar in New York.

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Dir-Scr Isabel Sandoval
Prod Isabel Sandoval, Jhett Tolentino, Carlo Velayo, Darlene Malimas
With Isabel Sandoval, Eamon Farren, Lynn Cohen
Sales Luxbox

Isabel Sandoval is triply talented as the director, writer and star of her emotive and authentic third feature. Playing Olivia, she works in Brooklyn as an attentive carer to various patients. They include Olga, a Russian woman sliding into dementia. Finding few alternatives to buying into a fake marriage to secure a Green Card, Olivia is always looking over her shoulder as immigration officers prowl the city in search of people to detain and deport. In dealing with the various ways undocumented people are at risk of exploitation and with a sturdy performance from Australian actor Eamon Farren, who emerges as a genuine love interest in Olivia’s life, Lingua Franca is a personal and politically charged insight into racial discrimination and human rights abuses in 21st-century USA.

Zorian Clayton

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