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NONA

How far will you go for freedom?

2018

A girl from Honduras meets Hecho, who promises to get her safely to America to reunite with her mother. Instead, Nona faces a perilous journey when he doesn't deliver on that promise.

Writer/Director/Cinematographer: 
Michael Polish

Producers: Jennifer Sulkess, Michael Polish, Kate Bosworth

Cast: Sulem CalderonJesy McKinneyKate Bosworth 

"I paint the dead," Nona (Sulem Calderon) tells an unseen interrogator in segments that frame her story. "I make them beautiful." A young woman living in a shantytown in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, mortality surrounds her: she works as a morgue cosmetologist, her brothers and father are all dead, and she grew up thinking it was normal to see a murdered body in the street. "I am not afraid of death," she reasons. "I believe it saved me." Enter Hecho (Jesy McKinney), a handsome traveler who claims to be nursing a broken heart. Intrigued by his carefree wanderlust, she takes him up on his offer to leave Honduras behind and head toward the United States, where she can finally reunite with her mother. As the pair travels north by car, by bus, by boat, and by foot through Guatemala and Mexico, Nona's world seems to gloriously open up, one filled with opportunity and happiness just a few countries away. But the world is also an unforgiving place, and when Hecho's true intentions slowly become clear, her journey turns perilous. With Nona, American director Michael Polish (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork) has created a harrowing, compassionate thriller that puts a face to Central America's human trafficking industry, drawing us in with a lush travelogue that carries deeply sinister undertones with each mile they travel.

 

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