THE JOURNEY OF MONALISA

EL VIAJE DE MONALISA

By Nicole COSTA

MIMBRE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2018

After 17 years working as a street prostitute in New York, the illegal immigrant Iván Monalisa reunites with former classmate, Nicole. Together, Monalisa re-flourishes as a transgender performer and writer, in the search for identity and the struggle for the legalization of her residency in the US.

Festivals
& Awards

Ventana Sur 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA, CHILE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nicole COSTA
    • Producer(s)
    • Daniela CAMINO (MIMBRE PRODUCTIONS)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1995, in the midst of a promising theatrical career in Chile, the artist Iván Ojeda is invited to New York to perform a theatrical investigation at the New Dramatists. Upon finishing his investigation, Ivan decides to stay behind, is reborn as Monalisa and begins to work as a prostitute. Seventeen years later, his former colleague from the University of Chile and the director of this film, Nicole, arrives to live to New York City. Together they begin a journey in a quest to understand the motives that led Ivan to the choice of self-exile and marginalization in the search for identity.