Salvadora by Oscar Moreno | Script Revolution


In a future America where immigrants and refugees are hunted down by a fascist government, a young woman must use her newfound teleportation powers to rescue them while she fights her own mental illness.



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In the near future, the U.S. government allows vigilante groups called The Knights of America to hunt down illegal immigrants. Rosario wakes up in the middle of the street, hassled by Kenneth, one of the Knights before her sister JESSICA rescues her.

Rosario arrives late for school and to her counseling session. She talks to her girlfriend ABBY, who lives in Juárez, on the other side of the border. Abby has had her visa petition turned down again. They promise each other that they will figure out a way they can meet again some time. That night, Rosario wakes up on the roof of her house, not sure of what happened. She asks Jessica to set up a camera and see if she notices anything funny. She sees herself disappear. They are completely weirded out by this, unsure of what to do next. That night she disappears again and realizes that she can control her powers to teleport.

Jessica sees this and tries to get her to try things for fun like shoplifting. Rosario meets up with Abby and teleports with her back and forth from Juárez to El Paso. Abby convinces her that she can use her powers for good, possibly rescuing the immigrants from the Knights of America. During a raid where they are taking some young immigrant children, Rosario teleports to rescue them. She asks the children to keep the secret and soon she goes out of her way to rescue different people. However, on one of those occasions, she’s caught, making her nervous and a child she’s trying to rescue gets shot. Rosario disappears, confirming to the Knights of America that she’s real.

Rosario argues with Jessica that she’s unsure if she can keep doing this. But she decides to give it another try. The government researches Rosario and they uncover her real identity through the immigrant database and decide to hunt her down. They set a trap: Rosario receives the news of a young man caught inside a house. She goes to take a look and once there, rescues him but gets caught.

Rosario ends up put in a highly stressful environment so she can’t teleport. She has to see where she’s going so she’s blindfolded. They do everything to weaken her: Draw blood, starve her. They decide that she can be useful to them and ask her if she’d like to traffic people. She doesn’t but they say that if she doesn’t agree, they’ll kill her sister. She accepts.

Abby and Jessica realize this and set out to rescue her by pretending to be illegal immigrants trying to cross the border. Rosario is sent to take them in, and all three end up back at the Knights of America facility. Kenneth kills Jessica, igniting Rosario's rage. She manages to focus and overpower her stress, making her take down Kenneth and the Knights. Rosario frees the immigrants she caught and goes to Juárez with Abby, now both of them fugitives.

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Submitted: November 1, 2019
Last Updated: January 14, 2021

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The Writer: Oscar Moreno

I'm an optioned bilingual Mexican writer and filmmaker from the U.S./Mexico border. My scripts and short films have placed highly and won awards in festivals and contests around the world such as the Sundance Lab and the Austin Film Festival. My prose work has appeared in the New York Times, Somos en Escrito, Levadura, The Wire's Dream Magazine, The Seattle Star and the Rio Grande Review. I co-wrote the music video for Chiquis and Becky G's cover of Dolly Patron's "Jolene", alongside Julio Abad and Jesús Cazares of Autumn Leave Films. I am working on different projects with various producers, including René Mena of Latinx Productions, and Simon Warne and Luc Bégin of Triality Productions... Go to bio

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