Nuevo Rico

A gritty and dystopian, Latinx futuristic story of a brother and sister who stumble upon a celestial secret that changes their lives forever. They are propelled into Reggaetón stardom, but they soon discover that their newfound fame comes at a deep price

Director: Kristian Mercado Figueroa (Taino/Puerto Rican)
USA | 2021 | 16 min
English/Spanish w English Subtitles | Animated Short Drama
Canadian Premiere
Playing before Closing Gala: Iwianch, el Diablo Venado

Availability: Canada
Content Warnings: violence, bloodletting, torture, mutilation or criminal activity, use of illegal substances, or the illegal or harmful use of alcohol, tobacco products, and vapour product or cannabis, course language

Kristian Mercado Figueroa is a Puerto Rican director/writer living in Spanish Harlem whose animated short film Nuevo Rico won Best Animated Short at SXSW 2021. His work is celebrated for its poetic portrayal of working-class struggles, highlighting the gaps between love and loss.

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