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Olivia, an undocumented Filipino transwoman, works as a caregiver to Olga, an elderly Russian woman, in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. When Olivia runs out of options to attain legal status in the US, she becomes romantically involved with Alex, Olga’s adult grandson, in the pursuit of a marriage-based green card.

Available on Netflix


  • Genre

    Fiction, Drama, Immigration, LGBTQ, NYC Interest, Discover Together

  • Runtime

    89 min

  • Section

    Discover Together

  • Release Year


  • Director

    Isabel Sandoval

  • Producer

    Jerome Kerkman, Darlene Catly Malimas, Isabel Sandoval, Jhett Tolentino, Carlo Velayo

  • Cast

    Isabel Sandoval, Lynn Cohen, Eamon Farren

  • Country

    USA, Philippines