The potentially devastating effects of immigration policy impacts one San Francisco family in this impressive first feature from local writer-director Richard Levien. Twelve-year-old Itan Bautista (a powerful Izabella Alvarez, Westworld) is studious, precocious, and tenacious, caring for her young brother Neto while their mother Yoana works multiple jobs to support their family – until the day the children return from school to find their home upended and Yoana arrested in an ICE raid. The siblings turn to their estranged uncle Evencio (Jesse Garcia, Quinceñera), a hard-living truck driver with little interest in helping the kids find his sister. As Yoana is shuffled between detention centers, Itan is left with the burden of finding her mother and preventing her deportation, attempting to secure much-needed assistance from the unreliable Evencio, and caring for Neto in increasingly dire circumstances. Are they now truly on their own?Or will Evencio come through and help reunite the family? Director Richard Levien (US 2018) 82 min.
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