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Almost a Woman      TV PG
Airing Sunday, September 15, 2002 on PBS
(Check local listings)

Casi una mujer      TV PG
Transmitida el domingo, 15 de septiembre de 2002, en PBS
(Chequea la guía local)

Almost a Woman has been awarded the CineSol (Latino Film Festival) SOL Award of Excellence for 2002

In 1961 Esmeralda Santiago moved to New York City from rural Puerto Rico with her mother and six siblings. Her determined struggle from a Brooklyn tenement to the threshold of a successful artistic career comes poignantly to life in Almost a Woman, based on her prize-winning memoir.

This inspiring story of a teenage girl who overcomes language and cultural barriers to achieve her dream stars new actress Ana Maria Lagasca as Esmeralda, nicknamed "Negi." At thirteen she is the oldest child, shouldering the responsibility of learning English as her mother's interpreter and guide through the challenges of their new life in America.

Wanda De Jesus (Blood Work, Once in the Life) is Mami, Negi's passionate, beautiful mother, who moves the family to the US. And revered actress Miriam Colón (One-Eyed Jacks, All the Pretty Horses) plays Negi's stoical grandmother, Tata, matriarch of the American branch of the family.

Originally published in 1998, Almost a Woman is a sequel to Santiago's highly acclaimed When I Was Puerto Rican, about her joyful, anarchic upbringing in Puerto Rico. Almost a Woman covers her crisis of identity as a new immigrant, learning that she is lumped into a vague category called "Hispanic" that ignores the rich cultural distinctions of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Mexican, and other Latino traditions.

In her mother's eyes she is also casi una mujer -- almost a woman -- an uncertain status that requires Mami's constant vigilance.

Almost a Woman was adapted by Esmeralda Santiago from her novel of the same title.


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