Seventeen years after they were last in contact, filmmaker Nicole Costa reaches out to her old college friend, Chilean director and playwright Ivan Ojeda, and discovers that they now identify as a gender-neutral two spirit and works as a sex worker on the streets of New York City. Nicole decides to follow their old friend, now known as Monalisa, in their tough new life as an illegal immigrant, filled with fleeting sexual encounters and drug addiction. What Nicole learns, however, is that throughout all of the danger and difficulty, Monalisa continues to write truthful, raw pieces about the reality of life and survival in New York.
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Chicago’s not-for-profit center for the Spanish language and cultural exchange celebrating 25 years (1996-2021) creating change through the arts and education in Illinois, and worldwide for 30 years.