Corinne Manabat Cueva
Why We Rise (2013)
Film type: DOCUMENTARY
Three brave, young New Yorkers reveal what it’s like to grow up without having legal immigration status. Their struggles and their strength are on full display as they come out of the shadows and into the light, fighting for a better life for themselves, for their families, and for all immigrants.
CAAMFest 2014 | Loni Ding Award in Social Issue Documentary
Excuse My Gangsta Ways (2008)
Film type: SHORT FILM
The film tells the story of a young Chinese-American woman, Davina Wan, who grew up in the Lower East Side in New York City in the 1990s. Her mother worked twelve hours a day, and her father lived and worked in New Jersey, only coming home on weekends. Davina basically raised herself, and when her family fractured through divorce, her broken heart led her to the streets. Hers is a familiar contemporary story of girlhood across the globe in disenfranchised urban settings. Although not everybody in her young life did, Davina survived violence, gang life, loss, and sadness. She comes out strong and, as the film ends, is working closely with younger gang-involved youth, brokering peace in the streets, and on her way to law school.