About the Movie
AGUANTA
DRAMA
AGUANTA
Production
May 11, 2019 - June 16, 2019
Time
1 hour 37 minutes
Language
English, Spanish
Country
United States and Mexico
Company
FMartpro, SYNERGi Pictures, West America Film Company

Aguanta is a film about a year in the life of a 17 year old U.S. American citizen and high-school senior named Israel, who has aspirations to play University level baseball at Stanford. Regretfully, Israel’s reality is soon hit with woeful experiences which make it unbearable for him to deal with life and his spiritual faith is detrimentally tested after his father is deported by I.C.E. agents.
Israel comes home one day from school thinking he would see his Dad Felipe like any other day. Later that afternoon, Israel receives a heart-breaking telephone call from his father only to share the despairing news that he was apprehended and will be deported out of the United States of America.
The forced separation experience of this American family causes an immediate damaging psychosocial impact on the young lives of Israel and his two sisters Azeneth and Estefa as they begin to emotionally cope without their father. Making matters more calamitous, several weeks later Israel’s mother Alicia is detained and taken away by I.C.E. agents in the inconsolable and traumatic presence of her three U.S. American citizen children. Israel is then posed with a decision to make: is it worth living?

Our Crew
Director | Writer | Producer | Casting Director | EditorRead More
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Producer
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1st AD | Casting DirectorRead More
Casting Director | 2nd AD
Production Designer
1st AC | EditorRead More
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Set DecoratorRead More
Grip | Transportation | 2nd Unit 2nd AC
2nd unit Assistant Director | PA
Production Assistant | 2nd Unit 2nd ACRead More
Sound OperatorRead More
Location Sound Mixer - Boom operatorRead More
Our Cast
Character: IsraelRead More
Character: FelipeRead More
Character: AliciaRead More
Character: JudithRead More
Character: AzenethRead More
Character: EstefaRead More
Character: 6 year old Israel
Character: 5 year old Estefa
Character: 12 year old Israel
Character: Priest Velazequez
Character: RamonRead More
Character: ICE Agent VergaraRead More
Character: ICE Agent GonzalezRead More
News Headlines
Aug
2019
Cineasta Estadounidense de 18 Años Dedica Su Primer Largometraje a Su Difunto Padre
Felipe Martínez, nacido en Houston, TX, pero creado en Laredo, TX y Monterrey, México ha finalizado su primer largometraje dedicado a su padre, y a todos los inmigrantes en Estados Unidos. La película habla sobre la separación de familia cuando los padres son deportados a México. Felipe decidió escribir sobre este tema ya que es algo que no se ve mucho en el cine hoy en dia, y si es visto en el cine no es interpretado de la forma correcta. Felipe un ciudadano de los estados unidos con raíces mexicanas decidió tomar acción y enseñarle al mundo lo que en realidad es vivir en Estado unidos como ciudadano y tener padres indocumentados.
Aug
2019
18 year old filmmaker from Laredo, Texas Completes His First Feature Film in Los Angeles, California
Felipe Martínez, born in Houston, TX, but raised in Laredo, TX and Monterrey, Mexico has finished filming his first feature film dedicated to his father, and to all immigrants in the United States. The film talks about family separation when parents are deported to Mexico. Felipe decided to write on this subject since it is something not seen much in the industry today, and if it is seen in the cinema it is not interpreted in the correct way. Felipe, a United States citizen with Mexican roots, decided to take action and show the world what it really is to live in the United State as a citizen and have undocumented parents.
Aug
2019
The Film Aguanta Promises to Raise Eyebrows and Capture the Hearts of All
An incomparable story about a U.S. Citizen of Mexican descent living in the United states with undocumented parents appraised by a U.S. Citizen of Mexican descent who was raised in bordertown. The presented film is a story unlike others. A story being told and acted by actual people who lived their lives in the United States and have gone through these types of circumstances when leaving their home country in search of a better future. A film that represents “Minority groups” the way they should be represented.
Aug
2019
L.A. Film School Student Directs First Feature Film Under $1,500 Budget
Still attending FIlm School, Felipe Martinez was tired of seeing his own people not being represented the way they should be on screen. He decided to take action and film his first feature film with only $1,500. “You have to do what you have to do. Sometimes you have to create your own industry, your own path, your own voice, your own stories, in order to represent your people and be acclaimed by others.” Felipe stated. He believes in the powerful tool of storytelling. He believes it has the power to change a life, create conscious, and the power to make people take action with all these problems going on in this world. He decided to represent his own people the way the should be represented on screen.
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As you all may know we’ve talked mainly about family separations and deportations in the United States of America, but keep in mind that this is only a small portion of families being separated and deported here in the United States of America.
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Families are deported and separated on a daily basis. You might not be able to do something for them, but what are you doing for your community around you? Are you spreading awareness?
Skin color or Ethnicity?
Juan Gonzalez a 13 year old teenager who comes from a wealthy family is allowed to walk in a white Supremacist Restaurant in Mississippi.
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