Translations 2020 – Opening Night: Lingua Franca [Online]

This event took place on May 7, 2020

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Northwest Film Forum is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.

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Isabel Sandoval
US & Philippines
1h 35m


In English, Tagalog, and Russian with English subtitles. Featuring an intro by director Isabel Sandoval!

In this engrossing drama, undocumented Olivia spends her days taking care of Olga, a Russian-Jewish grandmother in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When the man she’s secretly paying for a green-card marriage backs out, she becomes involved with Olga’s grandson Alex, a handsome but troubled young man who doesn’t realize she is trans. The winsome Olivia, played by director Isabel Sandoval, draws viewers into this story of love and survival as a transgender woman trying to live her life with joy and strength.

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