Last night I watched EL CARRITO, which is a 16-minute short (in Spanish) that was screened as part of this year’s Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF).

EL CARRITO is the story of a young woman who spends her  evenings cooking what she will step out to sell the following day. To mobilize herself and her food items she uses a cart (el carrito) – her most valuable asset. She takes care of it as such. After all, is there anyone in her world to trust?

Filming EL CARRITO was a collaborative effort with the local Queens and street vendor community, shot entirely on location in people’s homes, businesses, and public spaces.

Zahida Pirani is the writer/director. Before becoming a filmmaker, she worked as a community organizer and she served as the director of a grassroots nonprofit organization in New York. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Film Directing at UCLA.

If you missed it at LALIFF, know that EL CARRITO will also be part of the Dances with Films Festival on June 13, 2022 (see information here) and of the Palm Springs International ShortFest June 21 – 27 (see information here).

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