Isabel Castro’s feature documentary debut, “Mija,” turns the standard music documentary on its head by instead focusing on the people behind the scenes, in this case 23-year-old music manager Doris Muñoz
. When her otherwise successful career hits a road bump, she meets promising Chicana singer Jacks Haupts, with whom she bonds. Both are the first American-born members of their undocumented families on whose hopes for legal immigration rest. Success is not only a goal but a must.
Castro is a four-time Emmy nominated Mexican-American journalist-producer who has written on immigration issues for the New York Times and produced two seasons of the Emmy-winning series “Vice
” on HBO, among others.
She spoke with Variety about her doc, which world premieres Jan. 22 at Sundance.
What motivated you to make “Mija”?
While covering immigration for the last 10 years, I was longing to tell a different kind of immigration story — one that didn