Strasburg Film Festival short Elena follows the titular 17 year old as she struggles with doubts about her sexuality. Her self doubt is only worsened by the presence of her grandmother, a repressive and religious woman. It is only when Elena’s cousin Julia comes for a visit that Elena realizes the need to discover herself.

Elena will be shown on Saturday, November the 10th, 1:00 PM at The Grey LotusTickets can be purchased on the film’s event page

Director Biography – Ayerim Villanueva

Ayerim Villanueva, January 21, 1987 in Dominican Republic. She’s graduated from cinema with Honored Mention at (NECTV) in Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica in 2013-2017 and also she studied at workshop Cine Documental “One to One” at EICTV, Cuba, 2014. She has work as producer, director, editor, sound woman, in several short films and feature-films, in documentary and fiction. In 2016 she worked as Mezcal Jury in the Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara (FICG) in México and also as ELEC Jury at Icaro Festival international in Guatemala, 2017.