Unveiling A Million Miles Away: Alejandra Márquez Abella's Insider Look

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In an in-depth conversation with Allison Rose, Alejandra Márquez Abella, the visionary behind 'A Million Miles Away,' opens up about what it took to bring this unique tale to life. Focused on a boy who goes from a modest upbringing to become an astronaut, the film is a beacon of inspiration, especially to the Latino community in the United States.

Márquez Abella discusses the challenges she faced while making the film, including balancing authenticity with broad appeal. She shares her experiences collaborating with NASA and forming an instant relationship with Jose, the astronaut whose life inspired the story. These authentic touches added a layer of realism that sets the film apart.

The director also delves into the essential roles played by the cast. Not just Mexican-American actors, but also Latino talents who encapsulate the essence of the inspiring story. Alejandra Márquez Abella hopes that the film urges people to embrace and honor their roots, as it tells a story that is not only about individual achievement but also about the power of community and family.

00:00:00 - The Importance of José's Story
00:00:52 - Telling Latino Stories through Film
00:01:42 - Challenges of Making an Authentic Film
00:02:23 - Access and Cooperation with NASA and Jose
00:03:08 - Casting Choices and Representation in a Mexican-American Story
00:03:36 - The Exceptional Actors and Their Connection
00:04:04 - Adela: Jose's Rocket
00:04:45 - Directing and upcoming film projects
00:05:25 - The Importance of Family and the Loss of Communal Experience in Society


Inspired by the real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández, A Million Miles Away follows him and his devoted family of proud migrant farm workers on a decades-long journey, from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico, to the fields of the San Joaquin Valley, to more than 200 miles above the Earth in the International Space Station. With the unwavering support of his hard-working parents, relatives and teachers, José's unrelenting drive & determination culminates in the opportunity to achieve his seemingly impossible goal. Acclaimed writer and director Alejandra Márquez Abella has created a dazzling tribute to the loyalty and tenacity of the entire Hernández family, as well as anyone who dares to dream.

Based on the book “Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut” by José Hernández

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MPAA Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 121 minutes
Distributed By: Amazon Studios
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