Yareli Arizmendi, the grand dame of Latin cinema returns to the big screen in the highly anticipated movie AMERICA also staring Edward James Olmos, Limary Nadal, and Yancey Arias.
The majestic City of San Juan Puerto Rico and New York are the backdrop to the spectacular story of AMERICA premiering in Puerto Rico on March 10th.
Ethereally beautiful Arizmendi plays the role of Maria, an immigrant mother of a son she hasn't seen in eight years having uprooted herself to work in another country to give him a better life. Maria is a good friend to the group of women workers and befriends America upon her arrival in New York. She is a mother figure, a tender and wise survivor.
Award winning Yareli Arizmendi is best known for her tour de force performances in motion pictures such as "Like Water for Chocolate" and "A Day Without a Mexican" which she co-wrote with Director Sergio Arau.
From the legendary Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood where she was being interviewed Yareli said about her role: "It was a pleasure to embody the kind of woman we see everyday, and yet know nothing about. The opportunity to join the AMERICA ensemble came at a very difficult time for me. It was a gift, a breath of fresh air and Caribbean warmth."
The movie is being released in conjunction with a United Fund campaign called "Women who Dare to Dream." Ten women who have escaped domestic violence situations and conquered extraordinary obstacles will be selected. They will be part of the movie premiere and media events to help inspire other women to leave domestic violence behind.