Rosa is about a young Mexican-American aspiring actress, who finds out just as she is about to enter college, that she is undocumented and ineligible for student aid. As she uncovers her secret past, she also discovers how her view of the world is now affected with her newfound status as a woman of color facing overwhelming obstacles to her future.

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About the Director


A filmmaker whose work looks intimately at issues of youth and social justice. He has directed nine feature films. Martin is a member of the Directors Guild of America. Edge City (introducing and starring Mark Webber), won the Grand Jury Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 1998. In 2001, Diary of a City Priest (starring David Morse) was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival. The Other America was featured as the Opening Night film at the 2004 Slamdance Film Festival. In 2013, Martin’s documentary feature film, The Anderson Monarchs, was released by Cinedigm as part of the Sundance Institute’s Artists Services distribution program to Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. The Anderson Monarchs was screened theatrically in New York and Los Angeles in Docuweeks 2012 and was an officially accepted entrant for the 2013 Academy Awards, the 2013 DGA Awards, and the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards for Documentary Feature Film. Martin works fluidly between narrative and documentary forms, and often combines techniques from both in his work. His films have been screened internationally in more than 25 countries. His work has aired on national PBS, The Sundance Channel, and the BBC. His films have been screened at the Directors Guild of America, the National Gallery of Art, and at more than 100 film festivals internationally.

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