Status: Pre-Production, Filming in Los Angeles August 2021


Inspired by true events, the film tells the timely story of Imani, a Tanzanian single-mother living in Los Angeles. When she offers to help a perfect stranger reunite with her son, Imani learns this simple act of kindness threatens to jeopardize her own path to citizenship.

BIENVENIDOS A LOS ANGELES is a short film intended to have a distribution life of its own. It will also be used to pitch a limited series to industry executives with the goal of celebrating Los Angeles’ multi-culturalism through stories of varied immigrant life endemic to Southern California. Imagine the film CRASH meets the Apple series, LITTLE AMERICA.

Writer + Director: 

Lisa Cole


Cindy Lu

Vivian Johnson

Lolia Etomi


Executive Producer:

Ivana de Maria


Production Manager:
Sophie Webb


Director of Photography:

Ino Yang Popper


Sarah Cogan


Social Media Producer:

Farida Rafique


Marketing & Distribution:

Geonni Sigl