Marina and Orlando are in love and plan to spend their lives together. She works as a waitress and pursues her passion for singing by night. Her lover, twenty years her senior, has left his family for her. One night, when they return home after celebrating Orlando’s birthday together at a restaurant, he suddenly turns pale and stops responding. After rushing to the hospital, a doctor confirms his death. Events follow thick and fast: Marina finds herself facing unpleasant and invasive questioning from police, and Orlando’s family shows her nothing but anger and mistrust. On top of her loss, Marina, a trans woman, must now contend with the prejudice, hatred and disrespect she faces as she attempts to grieve. With the same pride and determination she once used to fight for her right to live as a woman, Marina now fiercely insists on her right to mourn.
The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival is a registered charitable organization with the mission to provide a forum for the promotion and exhibition of Latin American cinema in Vancouver. This 11-day annual festival encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.