Cheyennes Story

This film is available for the run of the festival starting the day of Thanksgiving 2021. To watch or to vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 6.  You also have the option to buy the Movie Buff Pass to watch all the films of the festival until December 15, 2021.


Cheyenne is a Latina woman model, actress, writer, student, and accessibility advocate. As a wheelchair user, she has competed in the Jr. Paralympics in track for 12 years and has a passion for media representation.

6e7e8c3c44 headshotDirector Biography – Moni Vargas

Moni Vargas is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker with experience directing and producing an array of streaming and broadcast content for clients like PBS, Sony Pictures, Firelight Media, Paramount Network, Facebook Watch, Vice, & Black Public Media. She serves as the Program & Creative Director for Let’s Breakthrough, a nonprofit narrative change organization producing media that promotes gender equity, racial justice, immigrant and LGBTQ+ rights. She directs OurStoriesInVividColor.org, a documentary initiative comprising a short doc series, a mentorship program and a user-generated story archive for girls and gender-expansive youth of color.

Moni is the co-founder of Nuyorktricity, an LA-based production company committed to inclusive hiring practices and amplifying the stories of their creative community. Their original series, Friends We Love, has screened at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum and film festivals around the world. Their latest documentary, Con Safos, launched the 12th season of the Emmy-winning series, Artbound on PBS SoCal/KCET.

Director Statement

As an Afro-Mestiza Colombian filmmaker, I am committed to creating visual narratives that explore the female experience within the African diaspora at the intersection of art, culture, and social justice to help expand our visibility and celebrate our contributions. Sharing our creative work and unapologetically taking space for our stories within media is itself a political act and a means of resistance. I am passionate about uplifting and amplifying the creative projects of BIPOC youth throughout my career and through my work at Let’s Breakthrough.

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