Lonely, isolated and disconnected from his roots, Manolo is an Afro-Cuban man who has reached a low point in his life. But he finds new hope after a chance meeting in the community centre where he works. A short film set in Montreal (Tio'tia:ke), Canada, in English, French and Spanish.

  • Christine Rodriguez
  • Christine Rodriguez
  • Christine Rodriguez
  • Danny Blanco-Hall
    Key Cast
    X-Men: Phoenix Rises
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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  • Ciné sur court de la Cinémathèque québécoise
    September 10, 2021
    World Premiere
  • Seattle Latino Film Festival
    United States
    October 13, 2021
    American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Toronto Latin American Film Festival
    October 29, 2021
    Official Selection
  • American Black Film Festival

    United States
    November 8, 2021
    Global Premiere (outside US & Canada)
    Official Selection: World Showcase
  • Regent Park Film Festival
    November 25, 2021
    Official Selection
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    March 18, 2022
    California Premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Black Wealth Media
    Country: Canada
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Christine Rodriguez

Christine Rodriguez is the award-winning playwright of Dreaming in Autism, which earned third prize at Ottawa Little Theatre’s 72nd National One-Act Playwriting Competition; The Autism Monologues, which received Honourable Mention at the 2018 Montreal Fringe Festival, and Simone, Half and Half, produced by Black Theatre Workshop in February 2020, receiving five Montreal English Theatre Award nominations, including one for Outstanding New Text. Her feature screenplay Maya Rising is a "Second Rounder" in the 2021 Austin Film Festival script competition. Christine’s first short film, FUEGO, completed in 2021, was written and filmed in English, French and Spanish and is heading to the American Black Film Festival in November. She’s writing a feature version of the script as part of the WarnerMedia Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program. Christine’s also been selected to be part of the 2021 Blood in the Snow Development Lab for her screenplay Maya Rising. She holds a McGill MBA and a Certificate of Professional Screenwriting from UCLA. She’s currently working on obtaining a Major in Hispanic Studies from Université de Montréal. Christine’s work is largely informed by her mixed race heritage and her multicultural environment.

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