Rita Krasniqi is a writer and director from Kosovo. She finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Prishtina majoring in filmmaking. For her graduate studies she moved to Los Angeles where she graduate from New York Film Academy.
Rita’s main focus as a writer and director is to fight social injustice through films as she constantly fights strongly for human rights. Rita has been residing in Los Angeles for the last two years. She always maintains her roots and constantly represents her background and origins.
1st draft of the script
Posing the question if Hollywood will ever cast trans actors in non-trans roles, ELLA(20s) a young director tries to strike a deal with a telenovela star JUAN(20s) to make her romance film. What she struggles the most is telling the truth that Juan’s co-star will be a trans actress. While lies and misunderstandings pile up, Ella’s mistakes lead to her learning a valuable lesson when it comes to fighting for what’s right.
Attached to the project: director, producer
Looking for: co-producer
Keywords: trans rights, romance, drama, comedy, feature, social issues, human rights
EXT. BACK DOOR OF BAKERY – MOMENTS LATER
Jackie pulls from around the corner and she almost trips when a soccer ball softly hits her legs. She follows from where the ball came from.
In front of a cute and colorful bakery a little boy JULIO (5) cute, chubby cheeks, dark hair looks at Jackie with puppy eyes waiting for her to pass the ball back to him.
Jackie grabs the ball and throws it in, in one of the big green garbage bins.
Julio is speechless by Jackie’s action. He stares at her in a judgemental way while Jackie has a poker face on.
Life’s hard, little immigrant. If you can
climb the wall, you surely can grab that
ball from there.
She walks toward the back door of the bakery while Julio heads for the garbage bin.
DALIA (mid 20s) pale, big green eyes and beautiful comes out of the bakery. Her hair is wrapped in the net, so that her hair doesn’t fall while baking. She’s wearing a work uniform, t-shirt and long pants, to finish the look she has the bakery’s apron on.
She looks tired but full of positivity. Her face brightens when she sees Jackie.
(with a heavy Spanish accent)
Hello, Jackie, how are you today.
My love, what are you doing over
there? You have to be careful with
Julio’s clothes a bit stained from the garbage as he is holding the ball.
Mami, she threw —
Julio looks at Jackie in a grumpy way. Jackie winks at him in an evil way.
Dalia grabs Julio and makes him sit near the door.
You’re going to stay here.
(she pulls her older iPhone
from the apron)
Use my phone and play your games.
Dalia walks in the bakery and comes out quickly with a platter with pastries and hands them to Jackie.
Thank you so much. Is this ”take your
siblings towork day“?
Dalia looks at Julio playing on her iPhone with such longing.
Something like that.
She caresses his hair politely and with so much love.
Jackie notices this and it hits her, however she continues to pretend like she cares…
He’s your son, isn’t he?
I have to take him to my mother in
Glendale tonight. ICE has been inspecting
all the houses in my neighborhood.
Yesterday, my best friend was arrested at
the place she works and taken back
to Venezuela. Can you believe this?
Jackie is interested and a bit shocked.
No questions asked… Her kid is born
here in the states, just like my little
Julio. Now he has to be put in that bad
place, where our kids die without
no one caring.
Jackie pretends like she cares as she eats the pastries. Dalia notices this and changes the subject,
So, what will you do today?
In that instance ROSALIA(20s) Hispanic, brunette, skinny and beautiful runs inbreathless.
Run, Dalia, run! They are here! ! !
Men voices are heard. Jackie is startled she stuffs the pastries in her backpack. Julio is clueless yet uncomfortable.
Dalia panics. The voice start approaching the back of the bakery.
As the voices intensify and get louder Dalia grabs Julio.
Ny love, you have to go to abuela
with this nice lady.
Both Dalia and Julio look at Jackie.
Dalia, are you crazy?
Show her the letter that’s in your
pocket. I will see you soon and
don ‘t forget, I love you .
Julio is afraid. Dalia gets up and hands Julio to Jackie. Jackie is shocked and in panic mode.
Please, take him to my mother. Please.
She will pay you $300–
No, no, I can’t–
The door is heard being violently open.
I can’t leave him anywhere. Please.
She pushes them away. As soon as Jackie sees the first policeman (30s) white, big and physically fit. She hides Julio around the corner behind a wall but notices that the soccer ball is near the bakery’s door.
In that moment the policeman from earlier (30s) Hispanic, tall, fit, black hair and caramel skin walks in, he looks neutral to the situation.
Three ICE officers in their 30s and 40s walk in and approach Dalia.
Julio is curios to see what is happening, he peaks in. Jackie notices this and quickly hides him back behind the wall.
ICE OFFICER #1 (O.C.)
Dalia Mendez, you are under the
arrest for staying in this country
without legal documentation.
The Hispanic policemen notices the soccer ball. He looks at Jackie, they stare one another, Jackie looks away trying to act as normal as possible. The policeman is unsure of what to do.
Dalia is in tears and in cuffs. She looks at Jackie one last time. Jackie nods to her in signal that she’ll take care of Julio.
The Hispanic policeman notices this, while also noticing the Julio’s soccer ball near where Julio was standing.
The ICE officers take Dalia away. All of them exit. Jackie hurries to Rosalia.
I can’t take care of him! You have to
take him or call his grandmother. I’ve
got my own shit that I need to do.
I can’t my family house is under inspection
In that moment BRAD(50s) white, bald and a bit out of shape walks in and talks to Rosalia.
Hey’ It’s not lunch time yet. Quick.
Rosalia takes this moment and walks away. Jackie takes a deep breath. She looks at the soccer ball. Slowly Julio approaches her and grabs the ball. He turns to look at her with an attitude.
Why are you looking at me like that?
Julio pulls out the letter from his pocket.
This is the address for my
Jackie looks at him. After a beat she grabs the letter out of his hand.
Why does crap like this happen to me?
She looks at the address.
Do you know how far away this is?
She starts walking. She stops, she goes and grabs the pastries she left and walks away. She disappears behind the wall.
Julio is confused and lost.
“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic. I try to give that to people.”
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)