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Ella

Ella tells the story of an immigrant father from Latin America who travels to the U.S. alone, separated from everything he’s ever known, seeking a better future for his daughter.
This is a story of the sacrifices parents make so that their children can prosper.

  • Raul H Vidaurre / Razu Marx
    Director
  • Raul H Vidaurre
    Writer
  • Hanibal Luna
    Writer
  • Christian Farrad
    Producer
  • Raul H Vidaurre
    Producer
  • Zoe Arevalo
    Key Cast
    "Ella"
  • Hanibal Luna
    Key Cast
    "Father"
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Drama, Music Video, Social
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 28, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Peru
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Arri 4k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.83:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Uptown Primo Entertainment
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Raul H Vidaurre / Razu Marx

Raul’s artistic career expands close to two decades and two countries. In the US, he has produced, directed and edited shows, promos, videos and original content for industry giants such as MGM, The History Channel, Slip N’ Slide Records, Htv, Venevision, Nickelodeon and MTV, among others. In addition, Raul has produced, directed and edited three documentary films for MTV Latin America, which have received #1 ratings in Mexico, as well as, top 5 ratings within the network. In Peru, he has been an integral part of 3 award recipient films: Las Malas Intenciones, Parrilla & Algo Huele Raro en La Maleta. He has directed documentary works for NGOs worldwide (UNDP, LUM, SERNANP, Wayra, PH15, Fe & Alegría, BolaRoja, IDB, etc.) and has been working with musicians creating music videos and live music sessions/docs throughout Latin America for the past 15 years. His documentary production, Hombres de la Niebla, a documentary about Chilean Indie band Niño Cohete’s journey to find Latin American sounds within the Peruvian amazon, premiered at BioBioCine Film Festival, in Chile, to a full house.

Raul currently lives between the US and Peru, where he continues to build his production company: Piso 20 | 20 Stories. He is now working on two independent films: EducaMe & The Cipher, both currently in production under his direction.

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Director Statement

After a bomb exploded next to my house in 1987, my father decided the violence in Peru had hit too close to home and we moved to Miami. This was not the beginning of my story as an immigrant.

I was born in Lima, Peru in 1980 and put on a plane to Maracay, less than a month later, where my parents were living, seeking out a better life for us in Venezuela’s booming economy.

In 2008, 22 years after arriving in the US, I moved back to Lima with a newborn child looking to rediscover where I came from and have him share in this experience.

In November of 2018, after living in Lima for 10 years, I moved back to Miami, leaving behind an important member of my family: my youngest son Naim.

A couple weeks later, I received a message from my brother Chris, who shared with me a song he was producing. I cried.

This was my story; this was the story of so many immigrants and their families, split in two, seeking out a better future. I immediately thought of my own struggle, my father and my son’s.

My head flooded with images of my father straddling a huge swordfish when we first arrived in Miami, being paid less than minimum wage to make ends meet. My son going to and from school without me being present, playing with his friends, at home with his mom, missing his birthdays, missing being there to share his day to day accomplishments. Being absent, in order to be able to provide for him a better future.

I sent Chris and Hanibal a script which initially focused on the immigrant’s struggle in the US, based on my father’s experience and my own. It spoke of loneliness, hard work and dedication to your family, even when there’s a huge disconnect:

“Ella, I’m so sorry I, never took the time, to write you a letter, but I’ve just been so tired, I walk through the desert alone, to find us a new home, to fight for something better…”

We discussed budgets, shooting in New York City, costs of production, it simply didn’t make sense to spend a huge amount of money to shoot a video in order to raise funds for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, it would be counterproductive to our ultimate goal of making $50,000 by June 2019.

So, I reached out to my crew back in Peru and everyone agreed to support the project, making the film in donation to the ACLU. No one would charge anything but basic production costs, transportation and food. I bought a plane ticket and shot a story from the perspective of those who were left behind.

“Ella” is a story inspired in my son’s experience – having his father 2,600 miles away- seeking to provide better opportunities for him and his family.