Luz Garcia carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. She has been accepted to the University of Texas, but in order to afford the tuition she has to win a scholarship. Power lifting is her ticket to a better future, away from the small Southern Texas town where she lives. But it appears more difficult than she would imagine when everyone around her seems to lack motivation and hope.

In comparison to a Scandinavian perspective—a country where university educations are free, and study allowances are made available through state funding—Luz’s situation becomes painfully clear. Luz is a teenager who is required to sweat and strain her muscles in order to have a fair opportunity to make something of her future. Instead of being a traditional underdog story, wielded with the stereotypical rise and fall formula, »All She Can« offers an intimate and non-sentimental look on coming-of-age and the quest for individuality.

All She Can poster
Title
All She Can
Director
Amy Wendel
Country
USA
Length
91 min
Festival
2011
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Corina Calderon, Jeremy Ray Valdez, Joseph Julian Soria, Julia Vera
Producer
Daniel Meisel, Susan Kirr
Script
Amy Wendel, Susan Kirr
Music
Kevin Afflack

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