Set in a predominately Mexican, immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, MOSQUITA Y MARI tells the story of two 15 year old Chicanas growing up in H.P. — Huntington Park. When Yolanda Olveros (“Mosquita”) meets her new neighbor, Mari Rodriguez, all they see in each other are their differences. As a sheltered, only-child to her older, immigrant parents, Yolanda’s sole concern is securing her college-bound future. Street-wise Mari hustles to help her undocumented family stay above water. But despite Yolanda and Mari's contrasting approach to survival, Yolanda and Mari are soon brought together when Mari is threatened with expulsion after saving Yolanda from an incident at school involving Yolanda’s boy-crazed friends. Determined to call it even, Yolanda convinces Mari to let her tutor her after school to prove to the administrators that she’s more than a delinquent. Mari and Yolanda forge a friendship that soon proves more complex and sensual than anticipated. Pushed to the edge, Yolanda and Mari are faced with taking hold of their own lives.
“[MOSQUITA Y MARI is]...an unassuming indie jewel... Your initial expectations that 'Mosquita y Mari' will be a standard good-girl, bad-girl melodrama are foiled.”—Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Aurora Guerrero beautifully captures the fluctuating dynamics of friendship between 15-year-old girls... a low-budget, high-achieving drama.... impressive...”—Rob Nelson, Daily Variety
“[MOSQUITA Y MARI is ]...a robust work of self-discovery for two girls at the most awkward and confusing years of their young lives, and a testament to Aurora Guerrero's storytelling prowess.”—Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter