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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Isabel Castro

USA | 88

28 Apr
Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Isabel Castro, composer Helado Negro, and subjects Doris Muñoz and Jacks Haupt are expected to attend.


This intimate coming-of-age story follows young Mexican American Doris Muñoz who works as a music manager for artist Cuco, her biggest client. When the two part ways, the ambitious Muñoz seeks fresh talent and discovers singer-songwriter Jacks Haupt. This new beginning reconnects her with her love for music, but Muñoz is often torn between her pursuit of a career as an artist and her obligations in caring for her undocumented immigrant family. Directed by first-time Mexican American filmmaker Isabel Castro, Mija pairs dreamy cinematography with a whimsical soundtrack of Latinx alternative music as it tells a touching story about a first-generation daughter’s burdens and shines a light on issues surrounding immigration.

Director Isabel Castro

Mexican-American director and producer Isabel Castro garnered a GLAAD Media Award for her first documentary, Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity (2014). She received News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations for her shorts Darlin (2019) and USA vs Scott (2020), and was a director on the Netflix series Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (2020). Filmmaker named her one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film 2021.

Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 88

Country USA

Director Isabel Castro

Executive Producer Jenny Raskin, Lauren Haber, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Marni E.J. Grossman, Rahdi Taylor, Davis Guggenheim

Producer Tabs Breese, Yesenia Tlahuel, Isabel Castro

Editor Jennifer Tiexiera, Ora DeKornfeld, Alex Bohs

Cinematographer Isabel Castro

Music Helado Negro

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.