KAYA is a thriller short film starring Shakira Barrera (Netflix’s GLOW, Queen of the South), shot in New Mexico in July 2018, supported in part by The Future of Film is Female.

NEWS: Kaya won the Audience Choice award at the Las Cruces International Film Festival and Best Director and Best Actress at the Central States Indie Film Festival. The next screening will be at Rooftop films in New York on August 9th.

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A woman’s desperate search through truck stops and motels explodes in vigilante justice when she discovers a young girl being trafficked by the same crew of truckers who took her teenage sister.



“What Catherine Fordham does in her new short film, KAYA, is shoot us out of a cannon into the gritty, grimy world of a young woman in a desperate search for her sister who's been lost in the world of sex trafficking. This succinct snapshot encapsulates the palpable energy of women, including the filmmaker, on a mission.”
— Caryn Coleman
Director of Programming/Special Projects Nitehawk Cinema