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Ahead of this year’s Academy Awards, writer and critic Monica Castillo sits down with Ali to talk about immigration and movies. In her writings, she has called for more inclusion of immigrant stories in films. She talks to Ali about her cinematic influences, her Cuban roots and Hollywood’s missed opportunity to represent the stories of today’s immigration wave to the United States.

Monica’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Lily, and the Village Voice.

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