“Crossing Over” documents the sacrifices and triumphs of three transgender women who fled persecution in Mexico to seek asylum in the United States. Directed by Isabel Castro and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, the film follows Abigail, who choreographs quinceañaras to put herself through community college; Brenda, an HIV activist and community leader; and Francis, who works as a housekeeper to help support herself and her mother back in Mexico as she prepares for her immigration hearing. From violence and discrimination to living with HIV, the film highlights the challenges faced by people living in the shadows and shows that for transgender immigrants living at the intersection of being transgender and being undocumented, their fight for survival isn’t over when they cross the border.
Please join the Center for American Progress’ Reel Progress series for a screening of “Crossing Over” and a conversation with the filmmakers and experts about the challenges faced by transgender immigrants.
Isabel Castro, Director, “Crossing Over”
Katrina Sorrentino, Producer, “Crossing Over”
Other panelists to be announced
Sharita Gruberg, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress