This University of Arizona student's short film became her own 'Mexican Cinderella story'

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 12:21pm
Updated: Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 7:40am

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Roxy Denise Stevens Ibarra
A promotional image for Roxy Denise Stevens Ibarra's short film "Tesoro."

For some college students, their capstone project is a chore. For others, it gets them a ticket to some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.

That was the case for Roxanna Denise Stevens Ibarra.

Stevens Ibarra is a senior at the University of Arizona, and her capstone project was a film called "Tesoro." It tells the story of an old man selling his car to make ends meet — and reliving a life’s worth of memories in the process.

It was meant to tell a simple love story about someone who looked like her, Stevens Ibarra said. And now, it has been selected for inclusion in nine film festivals — including the New York Latino Film Festival and the Academy-Award qualifying Urbanworld Film Festival.

The Show spoke with her to learn more about the film.

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