Film Title (Original): Touched
Film Title (Spanish): N/A
Film Title (In English): Touched
Country Of Origin: USA
Year Of Completion: 2009
Running Time: 1:40
Format/Color/Bw: Red ONE Camera-HD
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish
Director: Dan Neira
Productors: Jackie Watson, Olivier Rossman Y Shalim Ortiz
Productor: Locamatel
Screenwriters:: Larry Kurnarsky, Jackie Watson, Scott Muller
Camera: Gavin Kelly
Editors: Eric Weston
Cast: Holliston Coleman- Shirly Brener- Shalim Ortiz- Aloma Wright- Sevy Di Cione

Dan Neira
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and raised in Southern California Dan is fully bilingual and bicultural. An accomplished and experienced Director/Producer with over 20 years directing commercials for companies such as Verizon Wireless and McDonalds, music videos, television and feature films. He holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Religion from Loma Linda University. Over the years his work has taken him around the world several times shooting in exotic locations in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Dan is also a screenplay writer and a commercial copywriter. He is a partner in the recently formed Santa Monica based production shop "Burn."


MONIQUE vacillates between dotingly calling her daughter ‘My Sunbeam’ and ‘Helpless Cripple’. At age sixteen, NILSA really has a sunny disposition despite the fact that she is in a wheelchair. She is a sensitive, intelligent and very pretty young girl but she has become submissive and painfully shy under the manipulation and abuse of her mother. Monique has taught her daughter to be afraid of the world. She has forgotten the essence of the pure relationship between a mother and a daughter, and uses JIMMY (her love interest) to turn her face from reality.  She lives and works in that world and, for her, it has been a world of betrayal and disappointment. All Monique has is Nilsa and she intends to keep her.

Next door is an older lady who has never been a biological mother. But she is a wise, compassionate and strong Black woman of abiding faith. ESTHER leads an amazing children’s choir. It is inevitable that shy pretty Nilsa will touch Esther’s heart and that she will be moved to do something about the child’s situation. She will intervene in the most understanding and considerate manner imaginable but it is also inevitable that Esther will arouse the ire and violence of Monique.

Together they will all embark upon a journey where they discover just how important it is to forgive. Forgiveness is the key to healing and finally moving forward with our lives and with our relationships.

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III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009