I Am the Queen
US-Chicago, 2010, 82 min.
Director: Henrique Cirne Lima, Josue Pellot
I am the Queen takes a look at the often unobserved life of Chicago’s Puerto Rican transgender community. This film documents the Cacique Pageant, the first annual transgender pageant held in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. I am the Queen follows Bianca, Julissa and Jolizza as they prep for the Cacique Pageant and negotiate being a teen and transgender in a predominantly Latino neighborhood of Chicago. The film exposes the restructuring of the family unit experienced by pageant participants who are often distanced from their biological family only to find kinship among others in the Puerto Rican transgender community.
A Doctor’s Job / Una Carrerita, Doctor!
Peru/US, 2010, 11 min.
Director: Julio O. Ramos
Spanish with subtitles
Stubborn, but caring ER Physician, Ramón Moran has to drive a taxicab in order to make ends meet in Lima, Peru, a city that constantly challenges his pride and work ethics. A Doctor’s Job shows the struggle that most professionals go through in third world countries.