“15: A QUINCEANERA STORY”— A Special Celebration

“15: A Quinceañera Story”

A Special Celebration

Amos Lassen

Zoey is a transgender girl who is dedicating  her quinceañera to her trans godmothers because they were never able to experience a celebration like this of their own. This is one episode of the new HBO series, “15: A Quinceañera Story” that follows several young Latina girls in the United States as they prepare for their quinceañras. Quinceañeras are Latin American traditions that celebrate a girl’s 15th birthday.

The series is made up of four short films airing on four consecutive nights beginning 19 December. The first episode is about Zoey who lives in south Los Angeles with the help of the older trans women in her life. We learn from Zoey’s mother that when Zoey first transitioned, the older trans women started to meet her and help her. The series is directed by Emmy winner Matthew O’Neill and Mexican Grammy-winning musician Thalía Sodi.

The series contains stories of deportation or acceptance of gender change, as in the case of Zoey, Sodi who was born male and we see the support and unconditional love of her godmothers.

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