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The American-born daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, she talks about the “pressure to honor”  

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her parents’ “sacrifices,” noting that “it takes a lot of courage to make your own path.”  

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That statement could apply equally to Doris herself, a fledgling manager dedicated to discovering and promoting Latinx alternative music. 

Two generations of Muñozes have marched into the unknown in pursuit of a dream, and the sorrows and rewards  

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the sorrows and rewards of their journey are the subject of the biographical documentary “Mija.”  

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“Mija” was directed by Isabel Castro, a Mexican-American documentarian who makes the leap from TV to features  

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As a result, “Mija” weaves a more nuanced emotional tapestry than is typically seen in immigration stories like this one. 

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All of these emotions are expressed through music, which forms the backbone of the film. Ecuadorian-American avant-pop artist 

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The film opens with a scene of Doris shopping at a colorful Mexican party-supplies store that’s a riot of colors and textures. 

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at one point, Doris’ brother tells her she needs to “go with the flow” more often—in the editing of the film. 

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An extended pause in shooting during COVID-19 lockdowns also hobbles “Mija,” but to a lesser extent.  

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