Gets Good Light

Directed by Alejandra Parody

This film is available from November 27-30, 2020. To watch or vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 5.


In near-term future America, the word “citizen” has come to define a narrower portion of the population, and elite corruption goes unchecked. A luxury condo in Brooklyn begins the day staged for an open house to lure wealthy buyers, but by night becomes a brief refuge for a family targeted by immigration enforcement.

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Director Biography – Alejandra Parody

Alejandra Parody was born and raised in Colombia, and moved to the U.S. to attend New York University, where she graduated with honors in both Film and Television and Religious Studies. Upon graduating, she won the Wasserman King Prize for her thesis film, Rosa. The film went on to screen at festivals around the world, making it to the finals of the NBCUniversal Shorts Fest in L.A. and winning first prize at the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. She recently directed the music video This Affliction for artist Kate Vargas, which premiered on Billboard online.

Director Statement

As we go through a year riddled with circumstances that have been again and again described as “unprecedented,” there is one polarizing issue that has existed since time immemorial: Who are we as a society? It is a question of communal identity, and we find ourselves once again fighting to define it. What is an American? Who should be given the chance to join this society, and who shouldn’t?

I was born and raised in Colombia, a country that I love, but that is steeped in class issues. I always looked at the United States as a place where class disparities could be overcome thanks to a system where hard work could get you anywhere. My thoughts on this have changed as I’ve witnessed with sadness a rhetoric that implicitly seeks to define American identity as something that is inherited through status or skin color, not something that is built or earned through work and strength of character.

Given the current political state of the U.S., it is impossible not to wonder how much narrower the definition of American citizen could become in the near future. Gets Good Light grapples with this question, as it is ultimately a story about the quiet fight to belong in the spaces that insist you don’t.


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