Niña Quebrada

(Broken Girl) 23min:

They can take her body, but not her soul.
When a rebellious teenage girl illegally crosses the border for love, she awakens to discover that the man she risked it all for has sold her into a brutal sex trafficking ring. Amdist the backdrop of an illegal cockfighting organization in east Los Angeles, Lucena must fight to save her own life when no one else can.

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Director Jen Kleiner
Producer Diana Romero
Writers Diana Romero, Danny Klein, Jen Kleiner
Cinematographer Mike Williamson
Editor Rob Buttermilch
Production Designer Alfredo Acle
Starring Yvette Yates, Lucky Wheating, Geoffrey Rivas, Ehecatl Chavez


  • Silver Palm Award at the 2009 Mexico International Film Festival.
  • Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival  Honorable Mention Niña Quebrada  2009
  • DC Shorts Film Festival Best Female Director Niña Quebrada  2008
  • Angeles Student Film Festival Finalist Niña Quebrada  2008
  • Imagen Awards  Nominee for Best Short Film Niña Quebrada  2008
  • Imagen Awards Nominee for Best Actress Niña Quebrada  2008
  • Temecula Valley Film Festival Best Dramatic Student Film Niña Quebrada  2008
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival Best Short Film Niña Quebrada 2008
  • Malibu Film Festival  Best Screenplay  Niña Quebrada  2008
  • Malibu Film Festival Best Make up  Niña Quebrada  2008
  • Humane Society ACE Award  screenplay of Niña Quebrada 2006

Played in over 20 film festivals World Wide including:

  • Mexico International Film Festival
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
  • Malibu International Film Festival
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Women’s International Film Festival
  • Skena Up Film Festival in Kosovo
  • Maryland Film Festival
  • Boston International Film Festival
  • New Orleans International Film Festival
  • LA Shorts Fest
  • DC Shorts Fest
  • Reel Women Film Festival
  • Angeles Student Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Latino Film Festival
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival