A film by: Lidieth Arevalo
Cinematography by: Wil Prada


The only constant in life is change. And along this road of trials and tribulations, it’s human nature to try to find something to anchor us down to remind us just how far along we’ve come, and to help maintain a focal point on our horizon to keep us moving forward. For filmmaker Lidieth Arevalo, this totem is her Pontiac sedan (which she affectionately named “Mojosito”) that’s been a part of her family since she first migrated to the United States with her family when she was 13 years old.

“Mojosito & Me” is a charmingly emotive short in which Lidieth tours us through some of the highs and lows, valleys and plains, scenic coastal drives and gridlocked experiences that she’s traversed with Mojosito. On the surface, it’s about the many different sites that Lidieth’s had an opportunity to drive to in the past 17 years of her life, and some of her shortcomings as a car owner. But underneath the rust, the dusty dashboard, and the miles noted on the odometer, this piece is about Lidieth’s own migrant experience.

“Creating this was very challenging,” said Lidieth. “It’s the first piece that I’ve done that wasn’t a documentary. And it was exciting to do something different and personal. But I just didn’t know how difficult and emotional it was going to be. To go through all the old footage and photos of my family, friends, difficult times and good times. The anxiety that came with making decisions on what would end up in this cut. It was HARD.”

Along this road that Lidieth is currently coasting, she managed to offer us a poignant glimpse into parts of her journey, some of the passengers that have traveled alongside her, and some of the destinations that she’s decidedly reached. “Mojosito & Me” is not only an example of #cargoals, but also a testament to how far one can drive to summit a finish line and how the human spirit can keep pushing through a sinuous road until the next scenic rest stop.


January 2022: "Mojosito & Me" has won the following three jury awards as part of the Only The Best International Film Awards, a bi-monthly film festival based in Florida!

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Born in Ahuachapán, El Salvador and raised in California, Lidieth Arevalo is an activist, is an activist and independent filmmaker with a commitment to impact the world and use audiovisual media to evoke change, promote diversity, inclusion, equity and justice for all. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in documentary filmmaking from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and a B.A. degree in Film and Electronic Media Arts from California State University, Long Beach. She has produced several short documentaries on identity, immigration, diversity and inclusion. Some of her most recent documentaries include Growing in the Shadows (2020) for PBS and the Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB),  Alpharaoh (2019), Ladylike (2019), Advance Parole (2018), ERUSD Leader of the Ethnic Studies Revolution (2018), and Sin Raiz (2015). Lidieth is an integral members of the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective (UFC), currently serving as co-leader of the Public Relations and Visibility subcommittee.