In Honor of ‘CODA‘

Sign of “I love you” with a backsplash of song lyrics from Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

I made this in honor of the beautiful film about a Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA). Now available on Apple +. I’ll be blunt: One of my favorite films, ever. Glad to see it is getting the recognition it deserves.

Inspired by ‘American Dirt’

By Laney
By Laney

Whew! American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins is not for the faint of heart. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for migrants coming from Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico…look no further. Immigrants do the work Americans find too low paying, demeaning or difficult, but what you don’t know is that washing dishes, cooking, landscaping and all those other labor intensive jobs are a cakewalk compared to what they went through to get here.

American Dirt is the story of Lydia and her brilliant 8 year old son, Luca. They must get out of South and Central America for reasons I won’t ruin for you. Know that you will care about these characters, and that what they experience is the reality for many. Their travels will keep you on the edge of your seat, because survival against the elements, cartels, and border patrol is unlikely.

This story is really a testament to saying goodbye, grief, and to new horizons. What I liked most was the insight Cummins gives to each character, how they process their emotions and trauma through impossible situations.

I’d heard rumblings about people and critics disliking American Dirt… none of which I read. Given the political climate, any book about crossing the border into the United States would be controversial. I highly recommend you give this a chance regardless of what anyone says. Go into it knowing nothing, and out of it rewarded with the knowledge that those who seek to be near us have good reason to.

Dream Cast 🎥 🍿

Lydia: Eiza González

Javier: Benicio del Toro

Sebastian: Michael Peña

The Jackal: Pedro Pascal

Marisol: Adriana Barraza

Lorenzo: Diego Tinoco