Liang does what few have done, and that is to showcase a love narrative involving a transgender person, which in turn, depicts how difficult it is for a trans person to find love in a patriarchal society overflowing with anti-LGBT views.
— Richy Rosario, Vibe Magazine

ABOUT
When an undocumented woman is forced to resort to the sex trade to support herself, her boyfriend gives her an ultimatum with unintended consequences. 

2016 OFFICIAL SELECTION
LA Film Festival (World Premiere)
Palm Springs ShortFest
NBC ShortFest
Outfest
Frameline
Woodstock Film Festival

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
I made AFUERA to explore the intersection between the immigrant and transgender experiences, and the resilience of this community. As a gay man of color from a working-class, immigrant family, I understand deeply the complexity of identity, and I want to explore these characters in a way that is authentic and universal. My goal is to discover and empower new transgender talent of color, as well as illuminate their specific plight. Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Jill Soloway were instrumental in bringing transgender narratives into the mainstream. However, the stories of undocumented transgender women are virtually invisible. AFUERA helps raise awareness, while at the same time, humanizes the undocumented-trans experience.     -Steven Liang

CAST & CREW DIVERSITY
100% - transgender talent (of the transgender roles)
65% - people of color
54% - women
34% - LGBTQ
40% - International
Countries/regions represented:
Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, China, Taiwan, Thailand, France, Spain, Italy, USA

CLIP