Lingua Franca

Director: Isabel Sandoval

Courtesy of: Lux BoxDrama | Trans | Unclassified 18+ | 89 | USA, Phillipines | 2019

Synopsis

In this beguiling drama, an undocumented Filipina immigrant paranoid about deportation works as a caregiver to a Russian-Jewish grandmother in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When the American man she’s secretly paying for a green card marriage backs out, she becomes involved with a slaughterhouse worker who is unaware that she’s transgender.
Director, writer and star Isabel Sandoval has created a sensitive and beguiling character study full of depth and intimacy and brings to light the uneasy and vulnerable situations undocumented migrants and transwomen can find themselves in.

Review

Lingua Franca is a landmark film in that it is the first to be written and directed by a trans woman of colour. – Screen International

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