In Viva Diva, the short film by Daniel Flores, a young Native American Transgender girl confronts the ghosts of her past as she completes her journey of self healing and closure.
Says Daniel of the project:
Like Rozene I was given an ultimatum: stop expressing myself or leave home. I’ve grown up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where you’re expected to conform to society’s gender standards. So I left home and lived at the shelter, Covenant House California in LA for two years. I made my first short film at a program held at the shelter called Digital Dove.
Because Rozene is forced out of her home she ultimately becomes prey in the world of sex trade. [It’s a fact] that women and girls from racial minorities are disproportionately represented in the sex trade. And according to a study by the National Center for Transgender Equality 25% Trans Native and Gender Non-Conforming individuals were forced into sex work.
Watch Daniel’s Kickstarter pitch, below.
Longtime friend of WOW Andrea James is the Executive Producer and Austin Young will be photographing the cover art to be used on promotional material. One of the incentives is a piece of his work on a poster.
Bird Runningwater (Sundance Institute Director, Native American and Indigenous Program) said, “The Native Program at Sundance continually seeks stories of the human experience and ‘Viva Diva’ is one of those stories which offers perspective on the breadth of gender experiences in contemporary times within Native communities. We’re happy to support Daniel to bring this story to life with the hopes it will impact audiences and encourage them to contemplate their own ideas of gender identity and acceptance.”
How you can help
You can help by contributing what you can to the film (here). Every little bit helps! You can also spread the word about our Viva Diva Kickstarter project by posting this on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or other social media accounts. Please use these hashtags and handles to promote our Kickstarter; #Kickstarter #VivaDiva #LGBTQFilm #Transfilm #NativeFilm #NativeLab #SundanceLabs
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