The Birth of an Alien (El Nacimiento de un Extranjero)


A desperate band of traveling immigrants must cross the Mexican border into the U.S. before one of them gives birth to an alien… both figuratively and literally.

Director’s Statement:
While brainstorming with writer Garett Stevens, we discussed the many possibilities of David Henry Hwang’s dialogue for Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF Interpretations 2.0 Initiative, but the portrayal of an alien birth, cued by the line “What is it?,” stood out. The double meaning of “alien” as extraterrestrial and as foreigner, as other, added a socially and politically relevant dimension. In a reality where a racist can run as a major presidential candidate, the fantastic helps expose the ridiculousness of national borders defining who is worthy of dignity and who is not. My film embraces a sci-fi visual metaphor to disrupt the xenophobia of us-versus-them.

Directed, Produced, and Edited by | Sumiko Braun
Written by | Garett Stevens

Alicia | Cynthia Callejas
Marta | Marissa Herrera
José | Victor E. Chan
Diego | Gabriel Avila
Driver | Mathew Braun

Director of Photography and Colorist | Paul Bertolino
Production Designer | Namrata Desai
1st Assistant Camera | Tim Schumaker
2nd Assistant Camera and Lighting Technician | Quyên Nguyen-Le
Lighting Technician | Madeline Tondi
Gaffer | Matt Giblin
Art Department Team | Conrad Lihilihi
Sound | Margot Padilla

Music | Paul Tyan, James Cha, Fear Administration

Special Thanks | Julie Braun, Mathew Braun, Lynne Motonaga, Sam Koji Hale, AbelCine, Visual Communications

In Loving Memory of Julie Matsuko Braun (1959-2016)

Created for Justin Lin’s YOMYOMF Interpretations 2.0 Initiative.