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‘Prodigal Daughter’ Brings a Personal Perspective to the Peruvian Immigrant Experience

'Prodigal Daughter' Brings a Personal Perspective to the Peruvian Immigrant Experience

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Prodigal Daughter

Logline: A Peruvian-American artist conquers immigration hardship, trauma, and family isolation in this epic story of healing and reconciliation.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Prodigal Daughter” tells the story of a filmmaker’s reconciliation with her Peruvian family after sixteen years as an undocumented immigrant in California. Fleeing war-torn Peru in the 1990’s as a young woman, Mabel Valdiviezo endures traumatizing experiences, depression, and cultural isolation while her family suffers the consequences of her mysterious disappearance. Years later, about to become a U.S. citizen, Mabel seeks to reunite with her parents while battling a life threatening illness. Would Mabel’s growing spirit of forgiveness and courage to face the secrets from her past let her recover love and bring healing to herself and her family? 

Production Team:
Mabel Valdiviezo – Director and Producer 
Manuel Tsingaris – Video Editor
Jessica Sison – Additional Editing & Trailer Editor
Jorge Vignati/Tupac Saavedra/Aleixo Goncalves – Cinematography
Riber Oré – Music
Marilyn Mulford – Consulting Producer
Michelle Villa – Post-production Assistant

About the Film:
This story is so intimate and personal that it humanizes the debate on immigration and puts a human face to it. It’s a vehicle to change the narrative about who we are as immigrants, how resilient we are, what struggles we go through and how we can conquer all these challenges to fulfill our human potential. The film uses art journaling as a visual tool to tell the story from the inside out and presents a healing process that may be useful to many. I plan to develop art journaling workshops where the audience can create their own healing art.

Current Status: Fundraising for Post-production.

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