PARAMOUNT — Armando Ibanez says his independent web series “Undocumented Tales” gives a multidimensional view of people who are undocumented and queer, a point of view Hollywood has failed to show.
“So often Hollywood just shows us crying and struggling,” said Ibanez, 35, of Paramount, who writes and directs the series. “What I love about ‘Undocumented Tales’ is that despite all the struggles, we show undocumented queer people laughing and celebrating their existence.
“We keep existing even though we have so many barriers and limitations in our way,” he said.
“Undocumented Tales,” which can be seen on Youtube, chronicles the life of Fernando, who works as a waiter and navigates Los Angeles as an undocumented gay man pursuing happiness and freedom. Ibanez, who stars as Fernando, says the series is semi-autobiographical and based on real-life events.
HIDING HIS IDENTITY
Fernando not only hides his true identity from the outside world, but also his family, who don’t know he’s gay.
Season one debuted last year with two episodes. Season two, which will premiere Monday, includes six episodes.
SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS
In season two, Fernando continues his search for work, home, friendship, and love.
“Fernando will be paving his way to find his identity as an undocumented queer person living in this county,” Ibanez said. “He will be meeting new people that will make him realize that hiding and living a lie is not the right way to happiness.”