Nicole Chi Amen

5:00 PM, Secret Movie Club, November 2nd

Costa Rica USA | 2022 | 18′ | Spanish English – sub Spanish English


Marielitos is a Mexican immigrant struggling with the last days of her job as Ale’s nanny, while dealing with the difficulty and pressure of looking for a new job in a country that stills feels foreign to her. She doesn’t speak English well yet, and her biggest challenge is the phone interview that she practices everyday.

Director • Dirección
Nicole Chi Amen

Screenplay • Guión
Nicole Chi Amen

Cinematography • Fotografía
Cebastian Valdiviedo Jauregui

Sound • Sonido
Gabriela Rivas Reoli

Production Design
Emily Shapiro

Edition • Edición
Nicole Chi Amen

Producer • Productor
Fumiya Hayakawa, Hao-Wei Timothy Chang

Cast • Elenco
Reyna Maribel Santiago, Ava Garza


Nicole Chi Amén


Nicole Chi is a Costa Rican-born Chinese director, currently based in Austin, Texas. She’s been recognized with awards like the Director’s Guild of America’s Student Film Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement and AFS’s Texas New Voices. Her work has been selected in festivals like Telluride, Visions du Réel, New Orleans, NYLFF, and SSFF & ASIA.