Wanda De Jesus sparkles, as Negi's strong-willed and resilient mother.

Her struggle in her new country shows her trying so hard to adapt to the new culture, and to fit in at school , and finally gaining the self esteem and confidence through the help of a sympathetic teacher who realizes that the girl has exceptional talent.

This film is based on a true story about the girl who grew up to be a famous author.

He has a child on the way; her shrewd mother, Millie (Wanda De Jesus) has just laundered all his street earnings into a sizeable nest egg.

Of course, on the night she tells him to stay in, he goes out and, of course, that's the night she delivers and, of course, that's the night his crew betrays him and two ridiculously buxom assassins gun him down.

She wrote the screenplay, which extracts the most dramatically compelling and engaging scenes from the book.

Secondly, the acting is first class and the actors are nothing short of wonderful.What I appreciate about this film is, although it focuses on the experiences of a young Puerto Rican girl in a foreign place, who, upon arrival, speaks almost no English, the story isn't exclusive to the Latino experience in the United States.Her feeling of isolation and exclusion is a universal feeling many people have experienced, at some time or another.Armed with a new ticker and new meds, Mc Caleb returns to investigative work when a stranger named Graciela Rivers (Wanda De Jesus) requests that he find the ski-masked gunman who murdered her sister.His involvement garners fierce objections from his doctor (Anjelica Huston) and an envious police detective (Paul Rodriguez).What's more, her story of triumph in the face of adversity, going on to shine at the New York Performing High School For the Arts, as an aspiring actress, is nothing short of inspiring.