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SynopSIS

Foreign Puzzle is an intimate documentary that captures the journey of an inspiring Mexican American dancer as she communicates the impermanence of life through dance while juggling the roles of a recently divorced parent of a 6-year-old, a choreographer and a primary school teacher amidst intensive treatments for breast cancer.

At its heart, Foreign Puzzle is about love and living in the moment. The sheer resilience of the protagonist to put aside her pain and push through the insurmountable hurdles imposed on her by life and create a beautiful, raw and honest dance that embodies the brutality of the disease and the beauty of the human spirit will move and inspire every viewer.

Foreign Puzzle unravels the cancer experience for health care providers and the family. It raises awareness about the decimation one continues to experience – physically, emotionally, mentally, and socially – even after the first year of arduous chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It helps oncologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, caregivers, family, and friends see a perspective about patient life that is rarely shown to them.

At its heart, the film is about love and living in the moment. The sheer resilience of the protagonist to put aside her pain and push through the insurmountable hurdles imposed on her by life and create a beautiful, raw and honest dance that embodies the brutality of the disease and the beauty of the human spirit will move and inspire every viewer

Directors Statement

"Foreign Puzzle is one of the most powerful and potentially most influential films that I’ve ever seen that could be used as an educational film in schools for social work and other helping professions across the country and internationally."

Elizabeth C. Pomeroy, Ph.D., LCSW

Professor, School of Social Work,

The University of Texas at Austin

Thank you for making this film happen.