Americanita is the story of Marisol,
a suburbanite Cuban-American teen, whose world is turned upside
down by the arrival of her cousin Odalis, a freckle-faced ”American-looking”
girl from Cuba.
story for La Americanita is loosely inspired by Erin Ploss-Campoamor's
childhood experiences growing up as a red-haired Anglo in a Cuban-American
household in Miami.
film takes her personal experiences and weaves them into the stories
of Marisol and Odalis, two young Latinas who are both struggling
with their conflicting feelings about their cultural identities.
Marisol is a brunette, born and raised in the U.S. She straightens and lightens her hair, hardly speaks any Spanish
and hates having to listen to her family's endless stories about
Cuba, a country she has never known or visited
Odalis has light hair and freckles, and just arrived from Cuba. She
barely speaks any English and has always resented being mistaken
for 'una americanita' (an American girl).
these two women confront their preconceived notions of what it
means to be Cuban or American.
Americanita is the story of a quiet suburban family whose lives
are disrupted when the father's previous wife and daughter arrive
from Cuba after twenty years of being apart. As the family grapples
with their rancor and regrets, their teenage daughter (Sandy)
discovers first love and a passion for cinema...
is the 4th of July and the Amado family is preparing for their annual
barbecue. Yet tensions run high as Sandy begins to suspect that
her father still has feelings for his ex-wife Lydia; her half-sister
Odalis starts to wonder whether she made the right decision in coming
to the U.S.; and their handsome young filmmaking neighbors, Steve
and Julian, decide to drop by and pay them a visit.
For the two sisters, it will be an unforgettable night of parties,
fireworks, kisses... and camera lessons.
their parents, it will be an opportunity to finally come to terms
with the past.
Before the day is done, everyone will have learned what they
are made of.