Winner of two awards at this year's Sundance film festival, "Quinceanera" is a charming film about redemption and forgiveness. The story begins slowly as a group of teenagers gush over their friend Magdalena (Emily Rios) while she plans her Quinceanera, a Latina's coming-of-age party as she turns 15.
Magdalena is, in most respects, a typical teenager. She passes time after school on the sidewalk with her classmates and frets over the budding relationship she has with her boyfriend, Herman. She worries about her Quinceanera dress, a hand-me-down from an older cousin, and hopes her father will rent a Hummer limo, an out-sized, showy vehicle that comes equipped with an illuminated "stripper's pole."
As her big day approaches, Magdalena finds that she is pregnant. Her father, the conservative pastor of a local storefront church, feels humiliated by these circumstances and forces Magdalena from the family home.