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A young Puerto Rican boy, Raúl, struggles with his sexual awakening as he watches his mother, Belinda, falter with her own sexual identity. When a new man threatens to come between them, Raúl must wrestle with his instinct to protect and his mother's desire to be loved.

Ricardo J. Varona is a Puerto Rican filmmaker based in NYC. He is currently a Miloš Forman Directing Fellow and MFA Directing candidate for Columbia University’s Film MFA program. He graduated from Syracuse University with a Film BFA during which he had the privilege of studying at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Having lived most of his life on the island, Ricardo’s work constantly bounces back and forth between Puerto Rico and the U.S. His stories are centered mostly on family matters, sexuality, and issues of identity, cultural or otherwise. more...

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