Lorena Manríquez is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the NALIP Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the IFP Rough Cut Lab, and Firelight Documentary Lab. Her first feature documentary film, Ulises’ Odyssey, screened at international festivals, and had its broadcast premiere on PBS in 2015 on WTTW Chicago. Ms. Manríquez’ film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion was awarded two California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, ITVS Diversity Development Fund, ITVS Open Call funding, Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media funding, and Firelight Media Next Step funding. She has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media.www.ulisesodyssey.com
In Jackson, Mississippi, a coalition of Latino, black, and white activists known as MIRA (Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance) confronts local lawmakers, who introduced 12 anti-immigrant bills into the state legislature in 2017. Among those protesting in the state's capital: 13-year-old Yizel, whose parents are undocumented immigrants from Mexico.