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A haunting and emotional story about the lives of immigrants in Washington, D.C. and the challenges they must overcome to keep their families together on their journey to a better life in America.

Set in Washington, D.C. and El Salvador, SWEETWATER AMERICAN is the story of two women who find one another in an unlikely way and who soon discover that they need each other in order to heal and overcome past tragedies.

Sandy is an orphan and would-be filmmaker who, at a young age, is sent to live in a cursed town in El Salvador. While living in El Salvador, twenty-two-year-old Sandy decides she wants to be a documentary filmmaker. When she returns to the States, she attends George Washington University where she meets Elena, a sixty-something-year-old woman who serves peas and mashed potatoes in one of the school's cafeterias.

Sandy, intrigued by Elena, decides to ask her if she would be willing to share her life story with her. Elena, who desperately wants to unburden herself, agrees to tell Sandy her story.

During the interview, secrets are revealed, forcing Sandy to come to terms with her own past and she begins to understand what the term, Sweetwater American, really means.

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