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Synopsis: “En Limbo” is a story of a family and its mother, whose lives are turned upside down by a common social epidemic in Mexico, the sequestration/kidnapping of a loved one, specifically the mother’s sister. While negotiating the safe and speedy release of her sister while being on the American side of the border, the family’s matriarch, Fermina, must come to terms with the limited time, stark realities, and emotions brought on by the crisis. The entire film will be shot in one house, with 3 characters. All contact with the outside world is made through their home telephone.
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Fermina||Female||South American/Latino||41-50||Fermina (Lead) – Hispanic Female/ Ages: 40+/ Must be fluent in Spanish Fermina is the lead role in the short film, “En Limbo”. Fermina is an immigrant from Mexico who has been living in the United States for 15+ years, having no contact with her family in person, only by phone. She is a housewife, tending mostly to chores and the upbringing of her son and support of her hardworking, but aging husband. Fermina is a woman of strong will, with flaws, but ultimately a human that wishes to save the life of her sister through her unwavering love and hope. Fermina is a character who displays raw and stark emotion with confidence, but accompanied by many doubts and flaws that weigh her down to reality and possibility. Fermina is the main character who conducts the negotiations and conversations with her sister’s captors.|
|Gustavo||Male||South American/Latino||41-50||Gustavo (Lead/Supporting) – Hispanic Male/ Ages 40+/ Must be fluent in Spanish Gustavo is the lead/supporting character in the short film, “En Limbo”. Gustavo is an immigrant from Mexico, who has also been living in the United States for 15+ years with his family. Gustavo is a hardworking construction worker, who has scaled the ranks to being a construction site manager in his 15 year period, regardless of experiencing back pain constantly. Gustavo cares greatly about the lives and well-being of his small family, and does all possible to keep them safe, well fed, and clothed. Gustavo is a decent, respectable family man who’s worries transcend that of his own. Gustavo is a character who displays a strong sense of care, diligence, and control over the fate of his family. Gustavo is Fermina’s husband and tries his best to involve himself in the negotiation process, but unfortunately fails to make much of an impact.|
|Guillermo||Male||South American/Latino||15-17||Guillermo (Supporting) – Hispanic Male/ Ages 17-20/ No strict language requirement Guillermo is the son of Fermina and Gustavo. He is a senior in high school, on the eve of graduation, looking for money that will help send him to college, even though he does not have the social security number or official document requirements that allow him to apply for FAFSA. Guillermo is somewhat confused and by the entire situation, knowing little about the Mexico he left as a 3 year old. As a character, Guillermo displays a sense of ignorance to the situation, but in the most naïve way possible. Guillermo chimes in to the family’s arguments to asks questions about the crisis, serving subtly as the audience’s ambassador.|