"Genus" in Latin means "origin." In biology is a term used to define a closely related group through common descent before the individuals are separated into different categories and subgroups.

Inspired by the composting process and how everything comes from the earth and eventually returns to the earth to set the beginning of a new life cycle. In this work, we take a journey from our birth, how we all originated from the same source. To how some of us leave our home searching for a place where our dreams can bear fruit. A journey in which we find other travelers, in which we sometimes take turns to lift each other when our feet grow tired, in which we create COMMUNITY. Wherever we are in the world, there's a deep sense of connection to the source, to the earth, coming from our ancestors, running through our veins as blood memory—a calling. Through this concept, we explore the immigration "crisis" that has grown for years, taking us to this point where families walk thousands of miles looking for a chance to survive only to find a closed door. This subject touches me deeply, not only because I'm an immigrant myself but also because I see in these children the face of my future child, the face of my people.

Regardless of who you are, where you were born, or which path you choose in life. We are all part of the same GENUS, homo/human, and we will ALL return to the earth when our time comes.

Commissioned by Harlem Stage for E-Moves Part 1, 2021.

  • Carolina Rivera
    Key Cast
    "Choreography, Concept and Dancer"
  • Nic Petry
    Key Cast
    "Filming and Editing"
  • Amanda K. Ringger
    Key Cast
  • Greta Campo
    Key Cast
    "Dancer "Genus""
  • Ricardo G. Barrett
    Key Cast
    "Dancer "Genus""
  • Fiona Oba
    Key Cast
    "Dancer "Genus""
  • Cynthia Paniagua
    Key Cast
    "Dancer "Genus""
  • Monique Martin
    Key Cast
    "Curated by"
  • Hans Zimmer
    Key Cast
    "Music "Madre Vida""
  • Beatriz Pichi Malen
    Key Cast
    "Music "Genus""
  • Yogabela
    Key Cast
    "Costume "Madre Vida""
  • Nude Bayou
    Key Cast
    "Costume "Genus""
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • E-Moves Festival - Part 1
    New York
    United States
    June 18, 2021
    World Premiere
    Commissioned by Harlem Stage