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My thesis as an MFA candidate, La Sobreviviente / Salvation, is a narrative short film. After Mariela, an undocumented Mexican immigrant is diagnosed with kidney failure, her daughter Jenni and husband Leo must safely smuggle her into Mexico in order for her to receive the dialysis treatments she needs for her survival. Through this paper, I will discuss the process of creating this film. Additionally, this paper will focus on the ways in which writing and directing this film have changed me as a filmmaker and a person. Specifically, how my time at the University of Texas at Austin has completely altered my philosophies on both media creation and ingestion.