Her Room by the Kitchen

A Film by Romina Romero-Hermoso

Synopsis

Rous is a determined 25-year-old woman from Mexico who signed up with a U.S. placement agency to work as an au pair for a year. Attracted by the agency’s focus on “cultural exchange,” she imagined growing her English skills, making American friends, and getting to share her culture with her host family.
As she lives and works for a family of five in Seattle, those hopes and dreams are put to the test. Do the glossy promises of the cultural exchange square with her own experiences?
This question is more relevant than ever as a growing number of young, highly-skilled Mexican women migrate to the U.S. with fresh-faced optimism about becoming au pairs. In “Her Room By the Kitchen,” Rous questions the true value of the opportunities promised by this year abroad.

Director

  • Picture of Romina Romero-Hermoso © Romina Romero-Hermoso

    Romina Romero-Hermoso

    Romina is a filmmaker, actress, writer, teacher and research collaborator. She was an au pair in Seattle, where she lived for several years, and where she became interested in the stories and struggles of immigrant women like herself. Today, she works to share their stories in film and theater as a way to find connection, integration and ultimately healing. She has written, directed, produced, starred in, edited and collaborated on several projects in the arts, social sciences, social justice and film. She graduated from Universidad Mayor with a B.A. in Performing Arts and attended film school at Seattle Central College.

Awards + Festivals

  • SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, World Premiere, Seattle, USA)May 28, 2018
  • LOCAL SIGHTINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, USA)September 22, 2018
  • TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tacoma, USA)October 8, 2018
  • BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
  • 6th SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL NY (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)March 15, 2019
  • 6th CONSTRUIR CINE 2019- LABOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buenos Aires, Argentina)May 9, 2019
  • 14th HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)May 16, 2019
  • 21st ANNUAL SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Birmingham, AL, USA)August 19, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Romina Romero-Hermoso
Screenplay
Julia Hechler, Romina Romero-Hermoso
Producer
Julia Hechler, Romina Romero-Hermoso
Executive Producer
Sondra Cuban
Director of Photography
Julia Hechler
Sound
Romina Romero-Hermoso
Editor
Julia Hechler, Romina Romero-Hermoso
Sound Design
Will Cone
Music
“Caminando” Written by Oscar Harpa Hidalgo Performed by Aparecidos “Sandal” By Maxim Kornyshev Courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org “lisbon-flute” By Sawako Courtesy of Freemusicarchive.org "Rug i Winden" Written by Robert A. Butler Performed by Allspice International Folkdance Band

Cast

Rosalba (aka Rous) Trejo

Details

Running Time
11:34
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Romina Romero-Hermoso
rominaromerohermoso@gmail.com
www.rominaromerohermoso.com
www.facebook.com/rominaromerohermoso