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This short is based on my personal experience of belonging as a queer nonbinary Turkish-American person. I wanted to represent the various levels of alienation experienced through immigration, queerness, and physical distance as well as the bonds that come with understanding and shared experience. I wrote the script with my partner Cruz, and together we worked to represent their Cuban/Dominican background accurately, as they would be playing the main character. Even though culturally and linguistically the story is different than my own, the emotions that Ricki goes through were written through our mutual experiences as queer children of immigrants.

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