Combining natural folklore & nail-biting storyline that feels impossibly timely, Chavez’ short feels like a picture-book come alive.
— shondaland

Caracol Cruzando is an animated short about a young Costa Rican girl, Anais, who faces the hardest decision she's ever had to make: should she sneak her best friend and pet turtle with her across the U.S. Miami border, or should she leave him behind?

Caracol Cruzando is written and directed by Pamela Chavez.

Caracol Cruzando received a New Media grant from Latino Public Broadcasting and premiered online at the PBS Online Film Festival.

In just 15 minutes, the short film lands a powerful punch about the pain, trauma, resilience and unlikely beauty with this migrant experience.
— advocate
A story about friendship & the difficult decisions we learn early on we must make, it will melt even the coldest heart.
— Latina


Official Film Festival Selections


Young Audiences Competition

September 27, 2019



Imagen Awards

Short Film Finalist


“Revolutionizing Families”

Saturday, August 3, 2019


Los Angeles LGBTCenter


“Child & Family Separation” Matinee Shorts 4

4:30 PM – 6 PM


Borders, Boundaries and Home

Saturday, January 26, 2019, 5:30pm

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 3:30pm


Q & A with Director Pamela Chavez representing US/Costa Rica

Friday, November 8th at 7pm

LA Film School, 6353 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles

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PBS Online Film Festival

Season 2018 Episode 6 | 16m 4s

Our Awesome Team!



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