13m 11s

About the film

A long-haul trucker turns to YouTube to combat loneliness and social isolation. Under the handle “MsDivaTrucker43,” she discovers a supportive community of women who share her struggles of life in the margins. It is difficult for women in an industry that is 96% male to see themselves succeeding. Tamara's words of wisdom and encouragement offer women a model and a path forward.

About the Filmmaker

Dana Reilly is an independent producer and director based in Austin, Texas, and New York City. She directed the award-winning short documentary At Arm’s Length, which premiered at the Longhorn Denius Showcase at SXSW ’19. Through her work, Dana explores themes of identity, migration, social justice, as well as the ethical issues at the center of non-fiction storytelling itself. She is grateful to those who share their stories and time with her. She is currently pursuing her MFA in TV & Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin and working as a development producer with Keith Maitland at Go-Valley, the production company behind TOWER (2016) and DEAR MR. BRODY (2020).

About KLRU

Austin PBS, KLRU-TV is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. Austin PBS produces Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith and more for PBS stations across the nation. We also create online-first projects like Decibel, KLRU’s news and public affairs initiative. As a nonprofit educational organization, Austin PBS also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.