MOSQUITA Y MARI, Writer/Director Aurora Guerrero's (Pandora's, Viernes Girl) semi-biographical look at friendship and first love, debuted across all digital platforms beginning May 7th and lands on DVD June 4th from Wolfe Video.
This exquisitely crafted coming-of-age tale follows a pair of Latina teenagers who fall gradually in love against the backdrop of life in Southeast Los Angeles. Growing up in immigrant households, both girls are expected to make the well-being of their families their first priority. Yolanda (aka Mosquita) delivers straight A's in the hope of achieving the American Dream, while Mari shares economic responsibilities with her undocumented family who scramble to make ends meet. As their relationship grows, it tests their loyalties to their families and each other.
Bonus materials include the making-of featurette "Behind the Scenes of Mosquita y Mari" and Aurora Guerrero's short film "Viernes Girl," about a young Salvadoran girl who gets creative with her ways of interfering in her brother's romances.
MOSQUITA Y MARI was an official selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the "John Cassavetes Award" and "Producers Award" at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards. In addition, it was nominated as "Outstanding Film" at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards and took home the "Audience Award for Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature" and the "Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film" (Fenessa Pineda) at the 2012 Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Director Aurora Guerrero also received the "Best Director" honor from the 2012 Long Beach QFilm Festival and the "Global Can Award" at the 2012 William & Mary Global Film Festival.
SYNOPSIS: When straight A student Yolanda -- aka Mosquita (Fenessa Pineda) decides to help struggling tough girl Mari (Venecia Troncoso) with her homework, an intense attraction evolves between the two. As their friendship grows, a yearning to explore their strange yet beautiful connection surfaces. Lost in their private world of unspoken affection, lingering gazes, and heart-felt confessions of uncertain futures, Yolanda's grades begin to slip while Mari's focus drifts away from her duties at her new job. Mounting pressures at home collide with their new-found desires, thus driving Yolanda and Mari's relationship to the edge, forcing them to choose between their obligations to others and staying true to each other.
MOSQUITA Y MARI has a runtime of 85 minutes and is not rated.