ReynaDirected by Jenielle Ramos Salarda
Vina, Queen in the Santacruzan festival, struggles to get ready after hearing negative comments about her appearance. Supportive sister Joy encourages Vina to embrace herself as she is by discussing the historical context and origin of these harmful comments before leading the festivities.
Written and Directed by Jenielle Salarda
Produced by Lilian Lee
Director’s Bio: Jenielle is a Filipino-American storyboard artist and cartoonist from Southern California who graduated from SJSU in Spring 2022, most recently wrapping up a Creative Internship with Disney Television Animation.They love telling authentic, silly, and warm stories where everyone has the opportunity to feel seen in a way that brings joy. You can find her work @jenlelart on Instagram and Twitter.
The world can be a big and scary place, especially for those who feel lost or alone. A few kind words, a hug, or a helping hand can do a lot to help a person get through the day. Through animation and live action, scenarios both real and fanciful, this collection of short films reminds us of the importance of community and inspires us to support one another.