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Directed by Robert Karimi

Filmmakers in attendance.

Mero Cocinero, traces his love for lumpia by taking us back to a birthday party where he faces the awkwardness and isolation of being the only Iranian-Guatemalan in attendance. While the DJ spins 80s dance hits, young Mero learns how to transform his alienation into a recipe for empowerment.

Director, Writer: Robert Karimi
Executive Director, Editor: Aj Calomay
Producer: Robert Karimi, Vanessa Augustin
Associate Producer: John Manal Castro
Director of Photography : Julius Sambajon
Cast: John Manal Castro, Christine Balance, Robert Karimi

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I Gotchu Fam, Always

It’s the terror of knowing what the world is about, don’t be alone when you find out. – Kirby Peñafiel

Dates & Times


Downtown Independent

Sun, May 5
7:00 pm