Reeling 2021: The Journey of Monalisa

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 9:15 PM  |  view details and directions

Reeling 2021: The Journey of Monalisa

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival presents The Journey of Monalisa.

Directed by Nicole Costa

Seventeen years after they were last in contact, filmmaker Nicole Costa reaches out to her old college friend, Chilean director and playwright Ivan Ojeda, and discovers that they now identify as a gender-neutral two spirit and works as a sex worker on the streets of New York City. Nicole decides to follow their old friend, now known as Monalisa, in their tough new life as an illegal immigrant, filled with fleeting sexual encounters and drug addiction. What Nicole learns, however, is that throughout all of the danger and difficulty, Monalisa continues to write truthful, raw pieces about the reality of life and survival in New York.

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2828 N Clark, Chicago, IL