Pivot and Univision on Sunday will
simulcast the documentary Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration
The film is part of the documentary
series Panoramica hosted by America Ferrera.
The documentary from director Isabel
Castro takes a look at the lives of three transgender Mexican women
as they seek political asylum in the United States.
Francis Murillo, Brenda Gonzalez and
Abigail Madariaga fled Mexico and are now living in Los Angeles to
escape the stigma, discrimination and persecution associated with
being transgender in the highly Catholic nation.
“There were various abuses,”
Gonzalez says in the film. “They would tie me from my hands and
feet to rape me, to abuse me.” (The film's trailer is embedded on
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Castro, a Mexican immigrant, told On
Top in 2012 that she's passionate about immigration issues.
“I have always been passionate about
immigration issues and about highlighting the reasons for why
immigration is often necessary,” Castro said. “In exploring this
issue, I learned more about the extent of transphobia in Mexico and
in the United States and have now become focused on shedding light on
the obstacles that the transgender community faces.”