Festival de Cine Global Dominicano
Conversation with Miriam Kruishoop

“When I used to drive around LA, where I have been living for ten years, I noticed there were so many signs from the US Army and Marines looking for recruits. I never saw those kinds of signs in the upper class white neighborhoods, so I started asking why.”

Conversation with Miriam Kruishoop

(Santo Domingo – Nov. 15)Miriam Kruishoop is the award-winning Dutch writer, director and producer of Greencard Warriors, starring Manny Perez. The film is about the gritty life of Latinos living in East LA and what sacrifices they’ll make to get the coveted green card to work and live legally in the USA – even go to war.

How did a Dutch woman end up making a film in East LA?

“When I used to drive around LA, where I have been living for ten years, I noticed there were so many signs from the US Army and Marines looking for recruits. I never saw those kinds of signs in the upper class white neighborhoods, so I started asking why.”

California alone is home to over 10 million immigrants – comprising 27% of California’s population and more than any other US state.  The vast majority are from Latin America and about half are documented,

“Immigrants just want a better life for themselves and their children so I thought I would make a film about their journey and struggle,” said Ms. Kruishoop. “I like to give a voice to the voiceless and to tell a story with a relevant message.”

“I realized when I was making the film that the same ethos the army uses to recruit is the same as the gangs use: to be part of something. They promise when you join, you’ll be one of them. It provokes a human response.”

Small Budget for a big film

Kruishoop shot the film with executive producer Cliff Curtis on a very low budget with the help of fabulous actors in addition to the great Dominican actor Manny Perez. The entire film was shot in 18 consecutive days in Los Angeles for under a half-million dollars. “We shot an average of two takes per scene,” she explained, which is astonishingly economic and also indicates the actors knew what they were doing.

“I credit my actors. They are great,” said Miriam who is here for the 7th edition of the Dominican Global Film Festival.

General Information

 
Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo

Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo - FUNGLODE

Calle Capitán Eugenio de Marchena #26 La Esperilla
Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Telephones:
+1 (809) 685 9966 Ext. 2110 y 2112

  • DIAMANTE

  • PLATINO

  • ORO

  • CON EL APOYO DE

  • CON EL APOYO DE

  • AMIGOS DEL FESTIVAL