Almost a Woman

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Almost a Woman
Directed by Betty Kaplan
Produced by Ronald Colby
Rebecca Eaton
Written by Esmeralda Santiago
Esmeralda Santiago
Starring Wanda De Jesus
Miriam Colon
Cliff De Young
Francesco Quinn
Music by Lee Holdridge
Cinematography Carlos González
Edited by Luis Colina
Country United States
Language English
Spanish

Almost a Woman is a 2001 made-for-television film, directed by Betty Kaplan and based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Puerto Rican writer Esmeralda Santiago. This captivating movie is about a young woman named Esmeralda and her family move to New York from a rural area of Puerto Rico. The transition is difficult due to the many challenges she and her family face. Esmeralda Santiago (Ana Maria Lagasca) takes on the life roles of daughter, student and translator for her family. She excels at everything she does, and then she trains to become a stage actress after prompting from her high school guidance counselor. She encounters struggles in the pursuit of her dreams, yet the challenges give her the life experience to become a great actress and teacher.

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