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A teenage girl who lives in a small town in Mexico is helped by her best friend in her search for home remedies to stop an unwanted pregnancy. Together they discover that in spite of the vulnerable situations society places women in, sisterhood can help them flourish.

Lorena R. Valencia is a Mexican award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. She holds a BFA in Design and Visual Communication from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and an MFA in Film from the City College of New York (CUNY). She is a recipient of the 2021 Bert Saperstein Communication Award and the 2020 and 2021 Dr. David Milch Foundation Award. Lorena is a nominee to the 2021 BAFTA-NY Jeff Hunter Charitable Trust award and recently she won a 2022 National Board of Review Student Award for her short film Cuanacaquilitl (2022). Passionate about both narrative and documentary films, Lorena is particularly interested in telling stories about the challenges that women face in their pursuit of equity and freedom.


2022 NBR Student Grant


Type of Project





City College

Producer and Writer

Lorena R. Valencia


Marta G. Tenorio


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