|Production Company: Cima Productions, Inc.
Notes: (Best Feature)New York Latino, Boston Latino, Orlando Hispanic, Portland Pine, Tulapenas, (Milagro Award) Sante Fe (Outstanding Achievement) Newport Beach, (Official Selection) Los Angeles Latino, San Diego Latino, San Fernando Valley, Deep Ellum, Puerto Vallarta, East LA
Cast: Kuno Becker, Maria Conchita Alonso, John Michael Higgins, Danielle Camastra, & Sal Lopez.
Synopsis: Crossing the border into a land of opportunity and peril, a young man (Kuno Becker) risks everything to support the family he had to leave behind. ESL, the title taken from the academic acronym for “English as a Second Language,” artfully explores the explosive issues of immigration and acculturation as it follows the harrowing journey of hope against staggering odds of an illegal Mexican immigrant into the U.S. It’s a rich and complex portrayal of the charged dynamics at work for millions of Latin American immigrants to the U.S.