“My experience as an adoptee, a former orphan in a city of immigrants where my dreams were often misunderstood and seemed unattainable, have deeply shaped my passion to story tell. To remember the changemakers of the past and reanimate their voices for the screen, to inspire and bring hope to the new generation of misplaced, misunderstood youth.”


Marilu Cristina Flores is a Cuban American filmmaker who pursued an education in film studies, art history, cultural anthropology, and marine science to better understand the fluid and rapidly changing environment around her. Born and raised in Miami, Florida her early passion for film led her to earn a scholarship to the Miami Children’s Museum exclusive film production program which she was honored to participate in throughout high school.


With a career that now spans over two decades, she’s worked in near all aspects of film production, most recently earning two Telly Awards for her work as Producer on a mini-documentary focusing on Florida’s toxic algal bloom crisis.


In the early 2000s, she worked on a series of pioneering films that focused on Latino voices and the struggles of Latin immigrants in America. Her work has been featured in over two dozen film festivals across the United States including LALIFF, Woods Hole Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival.