It’s all in the family for Sasha Merci…
HBO has acquired the exclusive broadcast and streaming rights to the family drama De Lo Mio, starring the Dominican American actress.
Directed by Diana Peralta, the film also stars Darlene “Dee Nasty” Demorizi and Héctor Aníbal.
The drama follows. Rita (Merci) and Carolina (Demorizi), two high-spirited sisters raised in New York who travel to the Dominican Republic to reunite with their estranged brother Dante (Aníbal) to clean out their late father’s home before it is sold and demolished. While sorting through the remnants of their family’s legacy, things become emotional as joys, pains and traumas resurface — all of which the siblings must confront.
“De Lo Miois a universal story about staying connected with the people you love across borders and generations,” said Peralta. “I set out to create a love letter to my Dominican-American heritage with this film.”
De Lo Mio, which marks Peralta’s feature debut, made its world premiere as the closing night film at BAMcinemaFest 2019.
The film is set to premiere in November on the premium cable and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
“HBO is an amazing partner and I could not be more thrilled to work with them to celebrate my community and share De Lo Miowith a wider audience,” says Peralta. “It’s amazing to see an iconic company like HBO support Independent Film and also give a platform to AfroLatinx stories.”
Peralta previously worked as a producer on the short documentary La Feria Concerta which screened as part of the Dominican Republic’s first pavilion installation at the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
As her feature directorial debut, De Lo Mia won Best Narrative Feature at IndieMemphis Film Festival in 2019 and Best Film at the RiverRun International Film Festival in 2020.