Exclusive: “Mija” centers on two women from undocumented Mexican-American families who decided to make a name for themselves in the music industry.
A Latin music director and singer decided to dream big and disrupt the music scene.
The “Mija” documentary centers on Doris Anahí Muñoz and singer Jacks Haupt, both from undocumented Mexican-American families. The film premiered at Sundance 2022 before being acquired as its first feature under the new Disney Original Documentary banner. “Mija” premieres August 5 in select theaters and will be available to stream on Disney+ later in 2022. IndieWire exclusively presents the trailer below.
New York audiences will be treated to a special premiere in Central Park on August 3 as part of the Summerstage series, featuring a performance by musicians and documentary subjects, Muñoz and Haupt.
Emmy-nominated director Isabel Castro is directing and producing her feature debut after directing the docuseries “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak.” The former vice producer captures Muñoz’s family missing his brother, who was deported five years prior, as well as the financial risks of Muñoz and Haupt pursuing their respective dreams of stardom.
Critic Carlos Aguilar praised the documentary in his Sundance review for IndieWire, writing, “‘Mija’ isn’t just another tale of immigration, primarily because of the lens through which the tropes are examined: that of a millennial born in the United States, proud of the culture that shaped her into the adult that she is, but also in forging her own unconventional career path. For parents like his, fearing that pursuing non-traditional professions could have disastrous consequences, only tangible financial improvement validates his efforts.
Aguilar continued: “For many young people whose parents do not have legal papers, turning 21 is crucial because that is when they have the right to apply for permanent residency. , a green card, thus bringing them out of the shadows. Whether this is a milestone that young people like Doris and Jacks grow up worrying about, while others their age will never have to contemplate the unthinkable prospect of family separation, elucidates their unfortunate position in an American society that criminalizes their loved ones… Stories centered on Latinos in this country rarely get this kind of evocative treatment.
The film was produced by Castro under his production company Tertulia Pictures alongside independent producers Tabs Breese and Yesenia Tlahuel. Executive producers are Jenny Raskin, Lauren Haber, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Marni EJ Grossman, Rahdi Taylor and Davis Guggenheim. The film was co-produced by Jennifer and Jonathan Allan Soros, Jenn Lee Smith, Adam and Melony Lewis and Kelsey Koenig.