“Lupe” follows Rafael, a young Cuban immigrant searching for their long-lost sister Isabel in New York City. Believing Isabel to have fallen into a life of prostitution, Rafael seeks to find and liberate her. Rafael is a trained boxer, and searching New York City’s gritty underworld often turns bloody. During a violent encounter in a brothel, Rafael comes face to face with Elsa, a woman from their shared past in rural, poverty-stricken Cuba. Pulling Elsa from her wretched environment, Rafael hopes that she can help in the search for Isabel.
(77mins) | USA
André grew up in a small, diverse, working-class city outside of Boston, USA. While art and writing (and for many years, kickboxing) had been a part of his life since childhood, André was introduced to filmmaking in high school and never turned back. Most of André's work is heavily focused on imbalances in socioeconomic opportunity and the conflicts those imbalances cause. André is passionate to showcase those who are excluded from the wider conversation, while also celebrating and examining the resilience and grace it requires to make it on the edges.
Originally from Philadelphia, Charles now resides in Boston where he works as a multimedia director and producer. Since embarking in film in 2007, Charles has sought creative collaborators to find, develop, and showcase unique and heartfelt stories. Charles specifically has an interest in exploring stories that tackle social issues and believes that filmmaking can be a powerful way to explore and study the complex fabric of the modern world.