Selected Film:

Agua Viva

Selected Film:

Agua Viva

Why We Chose This Film

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About the Filmmaker

Alexa Lim Haas (b.1989) is an artist and filmmaker from New York City. She was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2017. Her animated shorts, Glove (2016) co-directed with Bernardo Britto, and her first solo short Agua Viva (2018) both premiered at Sundance Film Festival and were awarded Grand Jury Prizes at SXSW. In addition to screening at film festivals worldwide, she has exhibited work at MoMA, BAM and Brooklyn Museum in New York, Norton Museum of Art in Florida, and in collaboration with Terence Nance on HBO. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Write a list poem about your working life.

Think about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings while at work just as MeiMei did in the film, Agua Viva. Then start to jot down notes about your work life—thinking about a wide range of aspects from the mundane to the noteworthy. Some suggestions:

  • What is your happiest time of day at work?
  • What do your surroundings at work look like?
  • What do you daydream about the most?  

Once you’ve comprised a good descriptive list of your work life, then consider adding a line or two at the bottom that either provides a summary conclusion or a question.

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  1. Anonymous

    Beautiful, touching, intimate and sad for the loneliness it portrays 😥

    • Anonymous

      Thought provoking.

  2. Anonymous

    Extremely relatable, poignant and raw. It is so important to be kind and open stepping of our experience in awareness and sensitivity. Excellent film and passing it along. Thank you.

  3. Anonymous

    I can understand how someone from another country could feel so alone. New language, food, living conditions, ect…

  4. Sara

    This short film truly spoke volumes with little words! I like how it tackles the alienation, and numbness you feel when you move to a new country in a quiet way.

  5. Sassy09

    I can relate, such a powerful video and love all the little details.

  6. Anonymous

    I felt so sad after watching this. I used to think and feel this way a lot when I was younger. Learning English was and still is one of my biggest challenges. The narrator did a great job. Her voice was just right for portraying the struggles of the character. You can feel all the different emotions radiating from her voice.

  7. Anonymous

    Touches many areas that I didn’t realize I was doing in my day to day life.

  8. Anonymous

    How incredibly sad yet absolutely common

  9. Anonymous

    perspective is so necessary. The emotions were very well displayed in this video.

  10. Teresa

    Heartfelt and tender. The feeling of isolation depicted whilst she appears to the world as unaffected. Loved the many ways she attempted to reflect on her situation and the actions she to took to remedy / accept her new reality.

  11. Anna Marion Wildey

    I am an English person living in an English country and I an invisible to my family, work from home, talk to ny cat, grow greens in a pot, watch movies on netflux. It feels as if I am living in a foriegn country and everything is too hard.

  12. Beatriz

    Beautifully done in describing the internal struggles of the immigrant. This is an excellent educational film specially in current times when immigrants are becoming the negative target of white supremacists.

  13. Anonymous

    Beautiful. Touching. Relatable. My life is different but the feelings are very similar.

  14. Mary F.

    It has many layers; the mundane part of life; inner loneliness and difficulty connecting to others for many reasons. It is very powerful and I left the film feeling deeply saddened.

  15. Andrea Nicki

    A beautiful gem of a film; so profound and concise.


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