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To call “Hummingbirds” simply a documentary feels like it limits the film or does it a disservice. A lot more than that is “Hummingbirds” -a whispering jewel from Silvia Del Carmen Castaños and Estefanía “Beba” Contreras, who are best friends and first-time filmmakers. Friendship portrait alight, activist’s cry, summer with your best buddy full of deviltries, immoral comedy of errors ever told and an honest immigration account makes this daring piece impossible to classify in one category only. In their singing, dancing and mischief making Silvia and Beba seem to be asking you whether you can stick them into a box with those rickety types of life.

No clear narrative structure exists in ‘Hummingbirds’ since it has no discernible plot at all. Mexican immigrants living in Laredo, TX which adjoins Mexico through its barren town on the border is where we are quite literally following Silvia and Beba as they go about their lives as well as the difficulties associated with such. As children both were thrust into adult worlds prematurely; thus these events keep recurring in their minds. Beba will remember laughing nervously as she recollected how she would cross over when night was near while riding piggyback on her mother who carried her across the border using secret paths. She sits waiting quietly for her green card update being done by immigration department now . To them any notions of actual citizenship feel like pipe dreams; therefore every setback becomes another opportunity for frustration mixed with resignation.

Even when it resembles a typical summer frolic, “Hummingbirds” still reveals each friend’s artistry development coupled with activism toward humanity’s betterment. The absence of a strong plot enables natural interactions among characters while avoiding didacticism It is during one of those easy exchanges that Silvia remarks having had an abortion last year. You see Silvia (who uses they/them pronouns) is a great writer and poet, speaking fluently for Planned Parenthood. One of the lighter moments in that film is when they and Jeffrey spray paint anti-abortion propaganda. Beba’s amazing music demonstrates itself through enthusiastic, lively melodies that serve as the score to their close relationship.

Though Silvia and Beba face heavy topics, “Hummingbirds” can still be described as “just a bunch of fun”. This feels like an exclusive club we have been invited into, running alongside them as part of their pack and stuffing our faces with street food while getting tats because you’re young. All this happens hilariously in one scene where both are wearing huge ridiculous sunglasses picked up from a convenience store shop causing chaos at bingo games to annoy other players along with Beba’s mom who disapproves of it all. Silvia and Beba are going bowling on Jeffrey’s birthday night forgetting about anything grown-up, taking pleasure in just being children again even if for a while.

Silvia and Beba went to other more experienced directors to help them make their first film in the world but you cannot think of any other person who could have made “Hummingbirds”. This is what makes the movie unique. It was a piece of work that did not pretend about a particular group of people. Instead, it used itself as an example by turning its cameras on itself and allowing its makers to tell their story in the simplest way possible. While most films tend to exaggerate some stories and twist some aspects, this one only shows how these families are trying to survive in America. If anything, Hummingbirds confirms that they are among us, experiencing life’s vicissitudes like everybody else does albeit with enthusiasm on their faces.

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