Melissa Barrera Hopes Her Film On Substance Abuse Humanises The Issue
Gulf Today|September 27, 2021
The movie introduces Chama as a loving mother in New Mexico whose life is consumed by her addiction. It follows her journey towards recovery

Melissa Barrera hopes her movie “All the World Is Sleeping” serves as a wake-up call about substance abuse. The “In the Heights” actress explores the depths of addiction in the new drama, starring as a young mother whose daily struggle with drugs jeopardizes her health and custody of her daughter. Barrera’s character, Chama, is based on the real-life experiences of seven mothers who battled addiction and came together to share their stories through the film. The film made its world premiere last week at the New York Latino Film Festival. From the moment Barrera read the script, she knew she wanted to make the movie. “There was a deep connection with Chama that I couldn’t explain,” Barrera told the Daily News. “I was actually really baffled at how similar we were in the way that we thought, and how different our life circumstances are.

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