The sequence follows Mia (also known as Angel) returning to Ecuador for the first time after a long absence from home. A former boxer, Mia returns as a transsexual woman whose sex work in France substantially supports the family back home.
The family visit turns out to be an emotionally demanding journey, including the issue of being accepted and respected as a transsexual. Furthermore, Mia is confronted with the harsh economic realities in Ecuador and the responsibility as well as the expectations of the family to take care of them financially. The house that was supposed to be built for Mia to live in from the sex work money is far from being finished.
"Angel" is a compelling insight into the complexities of identity and economic struggle in Ecuador. Through very intimate insights into Mia’s life, which are at times hard to bear, the film catches glimpses of the potential difficulties processes of labor migration entail emotionally and economically for all parties involved.
Presented by Hamburg International Queer Film Festival
Running time: 62:00 min