Crossing Over Stories of Immigration and Identity


Documentary Tells the Story of Three Mexican Transgender Women Seeking Asylum in Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA – DATE – On Sunday, December 14th at 8:00 p.m. ET, Participant Media’s television network Pivot and Univison will simulcast the next installment of their documentary series Panoramica hosted by America Ferrera. Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity follows the lives of three transgender women who left Mexico in hopes of building a life of safety and peace in Los Angeles.

“I think it’s better to risk crossing over than to risk losing my life back home.” –Francis (Crossing Over)

Directed by Isabel Castro, associate producer of HBO’s Vice, and produced by Katrina Sorrentino, multimedia artist and producer of Eleanor Ambos Interiors, Crossing Over examines how three women have faced adversity, from their respective struggles in Mexico to how their family relationships have shifted. The film also offers viewers a look at the new lives the women have built in America.


“For me, this film is about the struggle to find your identity and your community,” said Isabel Castro, director of Crossing Over. “Francis, Brenda and Abigail overcame incredible obstacles while immigrating to the US in pursuit of those things, and that remarkable strength has continued to humble and inspire me through the making of this film.”

The women in Crossing Over all lead different lives but share a common goal of leaving behind a life filled with persecution and abuse. Francis, who is seeking asylum, works as a housekeeper and sends most of her income back to Mexico to support her mother. Brenda, a community activist who received asylum in 2008, uses her story to help the transgender community by working in an outreach program.  Abigail, who has also received asylum, tries to build a new life in the U.S. while facing her past demons of addiction and depression.


Crossing Over shines a light on an important and underrepresented aspect of US immigration through these deeply personal stories,” said Belisa Balaban, EVP of Programming. Being transgender puts individuals in danger around the world, and we are privileged to share this film about courage and perseverance.”

Crossing Over is the next documentary to air as part of Panoramica. The series consists of eight original documentary films co-produced or co-acquired by Univision News and Pivot, including the acclaimed Cesar’s Last Fast and Marmato documentaries. Crossing Over is executive produced by Jeff Skoll and Jihan Robinson for Pivot and Eric Douat and Juan Rendon for Univision.

Crossing Over is another outstanding film in the Panoramica series that exposes an important issue that often goes unreported,” said Juan Rendon, Director of Univision’s Documentary Unit. “In addition to facing the challenge of being undocumented, transgender immigrants also face discrimination and violence. These stories about three brave transgender Latina immigrants inform and empower our audience and champion the importance of diversity and equality.”

All upcoming documentaries in the Panoramica series will air in Spanish on Univision or UniMás, simulcast in English or with English subtitles on Pivot.

Be sure to watch Crossing Over: Stories of Immigration and Identity on Pivot and Univision on Sunday, December 14th at 8:00pm ET.


About Pivot 

Participant Media’s television network Pivot (, launched nationally in August 2013, serves passionate Millennials (18-34) a diverse mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries.  Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content and, through its affiliated website TakePart( connects audiences to a wealth of content and actions. Pivot is available in approximately 45 million homes in North America via traditional payTV subscription, integrating a live and on demand streaming option via the Pivot app. Follow Pivot on Twitter at @pivot_tv and on Facebook at

Participant Media ( is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing, and digital content that inspires social change. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.

About Univision News

Univision’s award-winning News division is committed to informing the country’s fastest growing segment across all media platforms, including TV, Radio, and Interactive. Hispanics count on the latest and most relevant content that impacts the community through: “Noticiero Univision,” the Network’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscast; Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto” (To The Point); newsmagazine shows “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) and “Primer Impacto” (First Impact); as well as morning news segments on “Despierta América” (Wake Up America). Univision has strengthened its news team and expanded its news operations by adding Investigative and Documentary Units.


About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 94% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 88% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 61 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 67 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; an Interactive network of online and mobile apps and products including UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America, Uforia, the leading Hispanic digital music service,, the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit

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