American Girl

American Girl

$35 (*Special Event)

Narrative Short

13m 15sec


When US Army soldier Julie Morales is hit by a sniper in Afghanistan, she fights to stay alive by clinging to childhood memories of her dangerous journey through Mexico. Julie flashes back to her time as a newly orphaned girl, when her only friend is Armando, an old smuggler, who helps her follow her dream to leave her Guatemalan village and find a new life in America. The unlikely pair must count on each other as they travel through Mexico. Despite their caution, a wrong turn leads them into the arms of a particularly vicious gang member. Suddenly, the two find themselves kidnapped and at the mercy of The Teacher, a notorious cartel leader. Now she must make a choice to either stay quiet in the shadows or risk her life to stand up for herself and Armando.

Rebecca Murga – Director

Rebecca Murga is an award-winning filmmaker who works in Los Angeles as a writer and director. She produces and directs films, commercials, and digital content. Her work has been featured on Mundo Fox, ABC, and CBS.  Originally from Chicago, Rebecca has traveled and filmed around the world. As a soldier in the US Army, she deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan as one of the first women attached to NAVY SEALS and Special Forces.

She is a recipient of the Keith L. Ware Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. Announced at the Sundance Film Festival, Rebecca is the 2016 recipient of National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)  incubation and production grant. The program is sponsored by the Time Warner Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. HBO has signed on to distribute the short films on their digital platform.

Rebecca is a passionate advocate for veterans and women’s issues with articles published in The New York Times, The Global Journal, and Huffington Post, to name a few. She has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and “The View.” Most recently, she was featured on NPR as the director of “War Ink” which tells veteran’s war stories through their tattoos. 

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