Award-winning Miriam Kruishoop (Vive Elle, Unter Den Palmen,
Greencard Warriors) is a Dutch-American writer/director and visual
artist. Kruishoop graduated with honors from the Gerrit Rietveld
Academy in Amsterdam. Kruishoop previously wrote and directed
another Latino film, the award-winning feature Greencard Warriors starring Manny Perez. The film tells the story of an undocumented family whose eldest son is recruited by the army with the promise of a green card. In 2014, Kruishoop was awarded the Best Director Award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF). After its theatrical release, the film was featured on HBO Latino.
Kruishoop’s work centres around diversity and focuses on the under-seen people in society – the isolated within communities and the victims of racism and prejudice. Kruishoop has won multiple awards for her work including the Culture Prize of the City of Amsterdam, a Tiger Award at IFFR and several Best Director Awards, including at the New York International Film Festival, LA FEMME International Film Festival and at LALIFF.Director Statement
Estilo Americano is a timely film about family and politics in the age of Trump. What does it mean to be Latino in today’s America? Whether one chooses to identify as Hispanic, Afro-Latino, or the increasingly popular Latinx, Latinos have yet to consolidate a powerful notion of identity-based on racial solidarity. Anti-immigrant attitudes that have been stoked in America in recent years have climaxed with ascendant white nativism and the election of Donald Trump. The film addresses the biggest current topic in the US and how Latinos continue to be targeted by racism. The story also explores the struggles that exist between generations of Latino immigrants and the lack of solidarity between Latino nationalities.