This Is How We Are

Asi Somos Nosotras is a poetic film about the way immigration tears children from their mothers. It explores the trauma of two-year-old Sindy who is left in the Dominican Republic to take care of her younger sister while their mother -- working to comply with immigration laws -- can't protect them from years of abuse.

  • Jennely Pichardo
    The Wounded and The Watcher, Charlie's Theater
  • Jennely Pichardo
    The Wounded and The Watcher, Charlie's Theater
  • Jennely Pichardo
    The Wounded and The Watcher, Charlie's Theater
  • Sindy Pichardo
    Key Cast
  • Lisbeth Pichardo
    Key Cast
  • Yluminada Pichardo
    Key Cast
  • Jennely Pichardo
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Asi Somos Nosotras
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Narrative, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 3, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - City College of New York
Director Biography - Jennely Pichardo

Jennely Pichardo is a Brooklyn-born and raised Dominican filmmaker who graduated from City College of New York's Film and Video Production Program in 2022. Though her art expresses a wide variety of themes, her main goal as a filmmaker are to highlight the lives of her family and neighbors, which she considers to be everyone in Brooklyn. Emphasizing not just their pain, but their beauty as well. She believes, "We are all roses growing through the cracks of the sidewalks in underfunded and stigmatized neighborhoods. Our cultures and experiences deserve to be celebrated too."

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Director Statement

I created this film, Asi Somos Nosotras (This Is How We Are), in honor of my family’s healing from the trauma we faced together. Though this film only showcases part of the traumatic events that led to our emotional distance from one another, I felt it was a very integral part of our history that has shaped us into who we are today. As the youngest sister, I feel like my view of our family’s history isn't as clear as it could be. I was born in a different country than my sisters, Sindy and Lisbeth. We led two completely different lives. While they yearned for our mother’s love and protection, I would lay my head to rest next to hers every night. While they faced neglect, sexual trauma, and starvation, I made do with what little my mother could provide for us in a safe home. My sisters are my world. I wanted to dive deeper into what they had gone through before I was in the picture to better understand why we grew up together with brick walls around our hearts, unable to be emotional with one another. Why only now in recent years we have been tearing our walls down and growing as a family? This film was also made for the protection of my sister Sindy’s children. What happened to them will never happen again. The cycle ends here.
The poem in this film was written in 2015, 7 years before the film’s creation. When the words were written, our family was divided and callous. The words reflected this. Our individual canvasses were ruined not only by predators but by each other. The poem was adapted in 2022 to reflect our growth as a family. We are one united canvas. My mother’s pain is my pain to bear as well. My sisters’ trauma is our trauma to heal from. My grief is shared by all. We are now connected in a way we have never been. Once united when my sisters immigrated to New York from the Dominican Republic, but now reunited emotionally as a family.