Almost a Woman

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A girl poised on the brink of adolescence finds herself shouldering a whole new set of responsibilities in this made-for-TV drama based on the autobiographical book by Esmeralda Santiago. In 1961, Mami Santiago (Wanda De Jesus) decides to leave her life in a Puerto Rican farming community behind and move herself and her six children to New York City in search of a better life -- and better medical care for her ailing son. Mami's oldest daughter, Esmerelda (Ana Maria Lagasca) -- Negi for short -- not only has ...
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A girl poised on the brink of adolescence finds herself shouldering a whole new set of responsibilities in this made-for-TV drama based on the autobiographical book by Esmeralda Santiago. In 1961, Mami Santiago (Wanda De Jesus) decides to leave her life in a Puerto Rican farming community behind and move herself and her six children to New York City in search of a better life -- and better medical care for her ailing son. Mami's oldest daughter, Esmerelda (Ana Maria Lagasca) -- Negi for short -- not only has trouble adapting to her new environment, but doesn't quite fit in at her new school, where she's lumped in with other Spanish speaking students with whom she shares no common culture. Negi's burden is intensified by the fact her mother and siblings are counting on her to learn English and serve as the family's interpreter. One of Negi's teachers senses her creative gifts and arranges for her to audition for the Performing Arts School in Manhattan, but as Negi struggles to learn a monologue in a new language she has yet to master, she isn't sure if she has what it takes to make the grade. Esmeralda Santiago penned the screenplay for Almost A Woman from her own memoir; the film was first broadcast as part of the award-winning PBS anthology series Masterpiece Theater.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • UPC: 841887006507
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wanda De Jesus Mami Santiago
Miriam Colon Tata
Ana Maria Lagasca Esmeralda "Negi" Santiago
Cliff De Young Mr. Burnett
Francesco Quinn Don Carlos
Luis Garcia Francisco Cortez
Ismael Carlo Don Julio
Alexis Cruz Nestor
Angelo Pagán Papi
George Wyner Dr. Fishbeck
Christine Healy Mrs. Parsons
Diane Salinger Mrs. Moore
Anne de Salvo Miss Narayan
Evangelina Sosa Martinez Delsa Santiago
Stacy Gallardo Norma Santiago
Gabriel A. Flores Hector Santiago
Yanniva Mendoza Alicia Santiago
Marisabel Garcia Edna Santiago
Austin Noah Marques Raymond Santiago
Carmen Moreno Yolanda
Robin Lee Miss Brown
Robin Lee Miss Brown
Peter Jason Mr. Fuller
Justine Williams Office Social Worker
Dawn Didawick Field Social Worker
Sara Rivas Laura
Jacob Hobbs Harvey
Patrice Fisher Gang Girl
Johanna Denis Gang Girl
Amy Correa Gang Girl
Achilles Aiken Older Raymond
Alicia Kaplan Dr. Fishbeck's Nurse
Sarah Zinsser Librarian
Bob Prest Jacob
Son Y Clave Salsa Band
Technical Credits
Betty Kaplan Director
Kim Blank Choreography
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Ronald B. Colby Producer
Luis Colina Editor
Eduardo Castro Costumes/Costume Designer
Carlos Gonzales Cinematographer
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Anne Hopkins Executive Producer
Stephen Kulczycki Executive Producer
Briel Maccarthy Editor
Marian Rees Executive Producer
Esmeralda Santiago Screenwriter, Teleplay
Tim Leary Swan Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Almost a Woman
1. Introduction [5:53]
2. In New York [7:09]
3. Making Adjustments & Fitting In [17:44]
4. Translating for Mami [2:53]
5. Mami's New Man [5:34]
6. Declaming at the Performing Arts School [12:23]
7. Accepted! - But Still Missing Home [4:32]
8. Francisco's Illness [5:23]
9. We'll Go On [2:19]
10. At the Performing Arts High School [6:55]
11. New Romances for Mami and Negi [12:43]
12. I Don't Belong Anywhere [9:08]
13. Our Lives Were Filled with Sorrow and Joy [2:05]
14. Credits [1:52]
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