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.


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