No Soy Óscar

Winner of the President’s Award at Full Frame!

“Searching for the place on the border between Mexico and Texas where Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his young daughter Angie Valeria drowned, director Jon Ayon carefully sifts through layers of memory, trauma, and grief. With stunning visuals and an intricate sound design, this poignant film weaves the voices of Indigenous people with the filmmaker’s own intimate reflections to reveal a portrait of loss that is both personal and far-reaching.”

Full Frame President’s Award Jury

In No Soy Óscar, a Salvadoran American father films a letter to his daughter as he travels along the southern border through unceded lands in search of a place that haunts him—the banks of the Rio Grande where Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his young daughter Angie Valeria drowned. Along the way, he contemplates land ownership, migration, and guilt as a Mestizo son of immigrants born on the “free” side of an arbitrary line.

Watch Jon Ayon’s interview with Danny Delilo of Moviemaker Magazine and NewFilmmakersLA:

Watch Filmmaker Jon Ayon’s interview with Full Frame’s Katelyn Liu here:

You were in my arms when I saw them for the first time. It was the same year I saw my first black hole. Through a photograph.

No Soy Óscar (2021)

Winner of Full Frame’s 2022 President’s Award and Nominated for the David L. Wolper Award at 2021 IDA awards!

No Soy Óscar is currently playing at these festivals:

2021 New York Latino Film Festival

2021 Holly Shorts Film Festival

2021 San Francisco Latino Film Festival

2021 Official Latino Film Festival

2021 Dallas International Film Festival

2021 New Orleans Film Festival

2021 Puerto Rico Film Festival

2022 Slamdance Film Festival

2022 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

2022 Ashland Film Festival

2022 Cinequest Film Festival

2022 American Documentary Film Festival

2022 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

2022 Earth X Film Festival

2022 NW FOLKLIFE Film Forum

2022 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival

2022 Indie Street Film Festival

2022 NewFilmmakers LA – InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema

2022 Highland Park Independent Film Festival

2022 Viva Cortos!

All My Relations Film Festival and Podcast Recording 2022

No Soy Óscar has completed its Film Festival Tour. Stay tuned for educational and community screening dates coming soon.

Watch the official trailer below:

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