Experiencing Interruptions?

Forgive Me

Isabel and Lupita are two sisters who immigrated together from Mexico to Texas seeking a better life. However, life has other plans. Already financially struggling, when Lupita finds herself positive for cancer again after being in remission, overdue hospital bills stack up among too many Chinese take-outs. Isabel finds her solace in her Catholic faith, while her sister prefers literature over the Lord. As Lupita battles her second round of cancer, she finds peace knowing she will not survive and asks Isabel to commit the ultimate sin for her.

  • Tani Paige Shukla
  • Tani Paige Shukla
  • Gabrielle Libretti
  • Miguel Valarino Salazar
  • Jeannie Carter Cruz
    Key Cast
  • Marcedalia Flores
    Key Cast
  • Mariana Gonzalez
  • Alex Winker
  • Caitlin Ward
    Production Designer
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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 16 mm
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Cinema on The Bayou Film Festival
    Lafayette, LA
    United States
    January 28, 2018
    North American Premiere
  • Ocean City Film Festival
    Ocean City
    United States
    March 10, 2018
  • Indie Grits Film Festival
    Columbia, South Carolina
    United States
    April 12, 2018
  • Silicon Beach Film Festival
    Playa Vista
  • San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio, Texas
  • Oak Cliff Film Festival
    Dallas, Texas
    Best Student Short Film
  • Marfa Film Festival
    Marfa, Texas
  • Middle Coast Film Festival
    Chicago, Illinois
    Seattle, Washington
  • Texas Hill Country Film Festival
    Fredericksburg, Texas
Director Biography - Tani Paige Shukla

Tani Paige Shukla is a writer, director, producer working as a showrunner’s assistant in the Television world of Los Angeles and has recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. She loves to create dynamic characters and stories that leave audiences thinking about real, everyday issues. Prior to her recent move to LA, Tani was living in Austin, Texas where she worked in casting and as a Producer/Production Coordinator on narratives and music videos as well as commercials.

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Director Statement

I've always found a deep fascination with religion and how it can affect people in different situations, good and bad. Mexican Catholicism interests me especially for its very serious practices. For a period of my life, I was terrified of the unknown. Of death. Although I no longer have that fear, I learned a great deal about my beliefs as well as how others use faith in their everyday lives.

I wanted to tell this story, because I feel like faith isn't always so black and white as it is shown much of the time in film. Familial love can sometimes test the boundaries of what you believe you're capable of, creating that grey area. It can even go so far to change your beliefs all together.