EXCLUSIVE: A Latina is struggling professionally and personally during the Covid-19 pandemic in the first trailer for the Gravitas Ventures indie film, Ayar, above. The narrative drama will premiere in theaters on Nov. 26.
The Floyd Russ-directed and produced project, set in present-day Los Angeles, tells the story of Ayar (Ariana Ron Pedrique), a first-generation American Latina who returns home from her showbiz career in Vegas amid shutdowns to reunite with her five-year-old daughter. But when her mother Renata (Vilma Vega) refuses to let her see her due to the raging pandemic, Ayar is haunted by the many roles she’s been forced to play, as an immigrant, a dreamer, a mother, and an actress in this very film.
The story is partially based on Vega’s life experiences as a Peruvian immigrant who came to the United States as a teenager and became pregnant shortly thereafter.
Costars include Henry Foster Brown, Simon Haycock, and Calliah Sophie Estrada. Erich Joiner, Robina Riccitiello, and Stephen Gelb executive produced.
Ayar had its world premiere earlier this year at SXSW and has also presented at various festivals all over the world including the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, the North Bend Film Festival, and the Nashville International Film Festival.
Watch the trailer in full above.