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Preceded by the short film: HARD LABOUR
WINNER OF 2022 TELUS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: ALBERTA FEATURE
FRANCHESKA: PRAIRIE QUEEN follows the journey of a Filipino care worker, Francis (Kiko) Yutrago, as he tries to achieve drag star superstardom while still financially supporting his family back in the Philippines. Kiko's mission is complicated by the fact that he and his fiancé live in a tiny bible belt town in southern Alberta. When a typhoon hits his parents' house, Kiko relies on his drag persona, Francheska Dynamites, to bring in the extra cash they desperately need.
Director Laura Lynn O'Grady [UNDETECTED, CIFF 2021] intimately documents the highs and lows of Kiko's journey as he prepares for a pageant. Kiko works through memories of past traumas and triumphs while ensuring that Francheska Dynamites blooms into much more than a talented lipsyncer.
- Laura O'Grady
- Jenny Steele, Rosman Vallencia, Michelle Wong
- Laura O'Grady, Jordan Bosch
- Michael Sorel
- Jordan Bosch
- Andrea Wettstein, Alec Harrison
- Francis Yutrago