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OC WEEKLY: LBIIFF

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

Long Beach Indie International Film Fest Honors Female Stories and Filmmakers

Films about girls and women in peril were big award winners at Sunday’s culmination of the 2018 Long Beach Indie International Film Festival (LBIIFF).

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Audience demand led to three screenings of the narrative feature drama Love Cecy, which would go on to pick up the Audience Choice Award. It is based on the real-life story of Cecilia Rios, who was 15 in 1994 when she was murdered in Richmond, California. The movie is for “all of the young women, all of the young men that we’ve lost to violence,” says Angie Marie Espinoza, who portrays Rios. “I feel like this is just the beginning to showcasing young lives and what art can do for communities to turn pain into art.”

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