Trans woman of substance

The much-buzzed about film “Lingua Franca,” about an undocumented Filipina immigrant working as a caregiver in Brooklyn, New York, may not be autobiographical. But it pretty much captures the essence of its eloquent Fil-Am director, Isabel Sandoval, who also multitasks as its screenwriter, editor and lead actress.

No, Isabel is not an undocumented alien in America—she actually got her green card literally a month before Donald Trump was elected 45th president of the United States in 2016—but, like the beleaguered 29-year-old post-op protagonist she portrays in the thematically delectable drama, Isabel is a trans woman coming to terms with the gender she identifies with, and br…

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