Talk about trans inclusion. A film festival darling, “Lupe,” centers the story of a Cuban immigrant and boxer named Rafael (San Francisco-based Puerto Rican actor Rafael Albarrán) struggling with their transgender identity while searching for their missing sister, Isabel (Lucerys Medina) in New York City’s underground sex industry.
In this exclusive clip, Rafael questions their identity and seeks comfort (and nail-painting tips) from their confidante Lana, played by Celia Harrison, a transgender artist. Harrison co-wrote the film with directors André Phillips and Charles Vuolo, with consultation from trans executive producer Kerry Michelle O’Brien (“Chopin to Infinity”). This story of a trans immigrant was written by Harrison and co-directors André Phillips & Charles Vuolo.
“Lupe” premieres on HBO Latino and HBO Max on Thursday, Feb. 26.
Check out the exclusive clip below, and stay tuned for an interview with the cast and crew.