By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act July 31, 2011 at 8:07AM
The documentary Angel, directed by Sebastiano d'Ayala Valva and produced by Laurent Segal, is another film screening at next month's New York International Latino Film Festival.
According to Angel's Facebook page, the synopsis reads, "In Paris everyone knows him as "Mujeron" (Big Woman) but his real name is Angel. A former boxer from Ecuador, Angel is now a transsexual prostitute in France. His mission in life is to support his family back home. Now, after five years away, the time has come for him to see what his help has achieved. In his first trip home since he left Ecuador, Angel is confronted with the harsh reality of ...his country and an ambiguous relationship with his family. 'Angel' is a compelling insight into the complexities of identity and economic struggle in Ecuador. But, above all, it is the touching story of a remarkable individual and his fight for justice and acceptance."
I will be in New York for this festival the week of August 15th, and hopefully will get to see this. I may share my thoughts of some of the festival films I've posted about in the site. :)
I couldn't find a trailer in English, but I have embedded the following two clips below. Regardless of the morally questionable or controversial nature of the subject matter, I was touched by what I saw in these clips.
Check them out.