37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024



In Laredo, a small Texas city on the Mexican border, best friends Silvia and Beba can feel the slow summer nights of their youth starting to slip away. They spend their days couch surfing between friends’ houses and nights stargazing on car roofs, never fully able to escape their looming fears of deportation as they navigate the complex journey of immigration. As anti-abortion legislation passes in Texas and more border control abuses are exposed, the two fight back with their words and Sharpie pens, capturing the passion that has ignited younger Americans seeking to regain control over their bodies and citizenship.

Equally amusing and rebellious in spirit, this coming-of-age documentary poetically illuminates the soulful friendship between two young women in a turbulent era of time and space. In their debut feature-length film, directors Silvia Del Carmen Castaños and Estefanía “Beba” Contreras allow the protagonists’ laughter and creative expression to cement a sense of solidarity and belonging.

Introduction by Isabel Felix Gonzales (UVA).


Sunday, October 29


2:15 PM


Violet Crown 3

Film Info

Director: Silvia Del Carmen Castaños, Estefanía “Beba” Contreras

Runtime: 78 min.

Genre: Documentaries

Year: 2023

Country: USA

Language: English, Spanish