Aby, a 15-year-old Honduran teen, navigates the complexities of her life in the United States alongside her newly arrived cousin, Nata. As Thanksgiving Day unfolds, Aby's rebellious spirit clashes with the expectations of her caregiver, Aunt Magda, intensifying her desire to distance herself from her suffocating circumstances and setting in motion a series of emotionally charged encounters. Los Mosquitos explores family dynamics, cultural identity, and the universal human desire for belonging as Aby ventures out on a path that will ultimately lead her back home.
Year of production 2024 Length 14' Country USA/Costa Rica Shooting FormatDigital Aspect Ratio 16:9 Dialogue Spanish Director Nicole Chi Producers Fumiya Hayakawa, Edna Díaz Writers Nicole Chi, Fumiya Hayakawa Cinematographer Carlos Estrada Editor Roberth Pereira Sound Design Gabriela Rivas Feoli Music Diego Rojas Production Design Teresa Guerrero C. Cast Abigail Hernandez, Natalia Rodríguez, Magdalena Álvarez
Director’s Statement This story was nurtured by my experiences with the Álvarez family for two years now. I connected with them through my previous short film, Comadre, and have since continued to bond over time with them. As a fellow Central American myself, I felt the desire to understand the nuances of sharing a household and creating a new family in a new, foreign space. I wanted to portray the happy times, the fun times, but also the complexities of the relationships that are generated in these conditions, and the way children are made to grow older as they face the struggles of being immigrants.