2018 MMFF Grand Prize Winner
Aubrey Smyth: The Bout & Angelita Mendoza: You Deserve It
The Bout’s Inspiration: "The Bout" is a powerful film that portrays the real life story of the Director's Mother as she struggles with a cancer diagnosis and fights back to overcome adversity. The film is also co-written by the Director and her Mother. It is their family's cause for celebration!
You Deserve It’s Inspiration: “You Deserve It” is inspired by several people in my life and countless people across the U.S. who have lived or continue to live in the shadows, hoping to one day achieve the American dream. Close friends of mine, lived in this country for 17 years without proper documentation, working in physically gruelling jobs just to give their children a better life. Eventually, after all of that hard work, they finally achieved their permanent status. Not everyone has this fairy tale ending but if they do achieve it, it is definitely "A Cause For Celebration.