Apa's Girl

Mari struggles with familial relationships as she is forced to confront the gravity of her father’s health.

  • Elvia Susana Rubalcava
    Fluffy Homegirls, Stranger in the Mirror, Manitas'
  • Elvia Susana Rubalcava
    Fluffy Homegirls, Manitas'
  • Elvia Susana Rubalcava
    Stranger in the Mirror, La Wija, Manitas', Juan Sin Miedo
  • Graciela Maria Campos
    Key Cast
    Fluffy Homegirls, Generation Z
  • Ralph Loya
    Key Cast
    "Apa (Dad)"
    First Time Actor
  • Angela Estela
    Key Cast
    "Ama (Mom)"
  • Manuel Urueta
    Key Cast
    The Silent Smile
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,384 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Elvia Susana Rubalcava

Elvia Susana Rubalcava is new to filmmaking and has already made a mark for herself. In the three short years she has jumped in producing, writing, and directing a new short film a year winning awards along the way. Including her first film Manitas’ (2021).

Rubalcava is currently working on pre-development on her web series Letters to my Dead Lovers, and is in post-production for her new short film Apa’s Girl. As well as supporting storytellers through her newly formed production company Poco a Poco.

For more visit elviasusana.com and follow her at @chicanachingona and @poco_a_poco_prod on Instagram.

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Director Statement

Apa's Girl is a tender story about a daughter, her family, her denial and the unwavering love for her father. Alex works so hard and doesn't see what's happening right in front of her, perhaps because love blinds us that way when it's about our moms and dads. Our first hero, the ones we hope will always be there to guide us or at least help us remember when we were innocent and brave. Based on a late night conversation with my ailing father, this film will remind audiences why to never take advantage of the limited time we have with our elders.