All the World is Sleeping with Melissa Barrera is screening tomorrow, September 16 at The New York Latino Film Festival
MUSE TV welcomes back Melissa Barrera to talk about her latest movie releasing tomorrow at the New York Latino Film Festival, All the World is Sleeping.
As a young girl in New Mexico, Chama strived to be different from her Mother. Now in her 20’s, she’s found herself falling into a similar cycle of generational addiction. This struggle threatens her balance as a Mother to her own precious daughter. As Chama tries to keep it all together, a harrowing accident will spiral her out of control causing her daughter to be taken from her custody. With nothing left, she’ll have to confront her past in order to fight for a future — one that can either lead her deeper into this dangerous cycle, or guide her closer to getting her daughter back by accepting help at a local recovery center for women.
The incredibly timely “All the World Is Sleeping” is a powerful story with unique origins, forged from a partnership between reproductive justice based non-profit, Bold Futures NM, filmmaker Ryan Lacen and 7 system-impacted women with a history of substance use and pregnancy to create an artistic medium that would explore the complexities of trauma, substance use and parenting in New Mexico. From the birth of the script to the first shot on set, they guided this impactful non-linear film to create a unique, cerebral view of the growing drug epidemic. The foundation of an unlikely feature film highlighting characters with authenticity and heart in a film led by an incredible cast: Melissa Barrera (“In the Heights,” “Vida”) & Jackie Cruz (“Orange Is the New Black,” “Good Girls”), Jorge Garcia (“Lost,” “Hawaii 5-0”) Kristen Gutoskie (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Lethal Weapon”), and Luis Bordonada (“Better Call Saul,” “Selena: The Series”), who worked alongside these survivors to make sure their words felt both represented and authentic.
“All the World Is Sleeping” sheds light on the realities of addiction, and the resources that are so desperately needed for families living in cycles of addiction. There are many films about addiction. None however have truly captured the loving relationship between a mother and daughter in the ways these 7 women had experienced. This film centers the complex role of motherhood, addresses generational cycles of addiction and beautifully highlights a community that is not often represented in films. As a filmmaker whose own life has also been scarred by addiction, Lacen helped bring a unique cinematic lens while shaping these stories to create a film that would feel both singularly raw and universally connected. “All the World Is Sleeping” both in process and content, is a film that’s raw, cerebral and beautiful that continuously honors those who lived and created it. Written & directed by Ryan Lacen; produced by Sonja Mereu (“Time Trap,” “The Female Fight Squad”),Anthony Baldino (“The Dying Kind,” Shook Down”), and Ryan Lacen; and executive produced by Charlene Bencomo, and Micaela Lara Cadena,
Tickets are limited and are still available by visiting https://nylatinofilmfestival.com/2021/movies/all-the-world-is-sleeping/