Separated from her mother by smugglers at the border, a determined 12-year-old sets out across a desert with only a plastic sack for protection from the cold, survives starvation on the streets of Ciudad Juarez, and escapes kidnappers to find her mother and a place where they can be safe again.
Amy Bench is a cinematographer and filmmaker based in Austin, Texas. She took a circuitous path to filmmaking, first working as an engineer for Eastman Kodak before pursuing an MFA in directing at the University of Texas. She has been twice nominated for the Kodak Excellence in Cinematography Award, won grants from the Texas Filmmaker’s Production Fund, Women in Film- Dallas, and the Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and was recently named a “DP on the Rise” by Paste Magazine. Her camera work has screened at festivals including Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, New York Film Festival, and at MOMA/PS1.