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AGUANTA Movie – ICE and Deportations; What Hispanics Suffer in the USA

Article published by Miniondas Magazine on August 6, 2020.

We present a new and emerging Director, Felipe Martinez, who tells us about his first film, Aguanta.

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.

The story came to mind when I was fifteen years old and I had just experienced my father’s death. I decided to write about this tragic story that many families experience every day in the United States of America after seeing the injustices my people were facing when seeking asylum. I was raised in  Laredo, TX, a border town. I would cross to Mexico to visit my family every weekend and I’d see many people at the border being deported or they had just been deported to Mexico. All of these experiences in the border town lead to the story of this film.

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Meet Felipe Martinez

Article published by VoyageLA on November 7, 2019.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Felipe Martinez.

Felipe, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Entering United South High School in 2014 Youtube started blowing up. It was there where I started filming Mexican skits for YouTube at the age of 13-14, but I wasn’t fulfilled with youtube videos I knew there was more to videos, so I started making short films which I look back at now, and they weren’t the best, but we all have to start somewhere.

I kept filming videos all of my freshman year, and the first semester of my sophomore year. It wasn’t until my dad passed away my 2nd semester of Sophomore year where everything took a turn for good unexpectedly.

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