Judy Reyes, Gloria Reuben, Fatima Molina and Camila Nunez Set to Star in "Torn from Her Arms"

Debuting This Fall


Lifetime (US)

Lifetime announces casting for the original movie Torn from Her Arms starring Judy Reyes (Devious Maids, Claws) and Gloria Reuben (Mr. Robot, ER). Amidst the ongoing crisis at the U.S. border, the timely film depicts the harrowing true story of a mother and daughter who must find their way back to each other after being separated. Produced by OZY Media and Motion Picture Corporation of America for a fall debut, Reyes, who previously starred in Lifetime's hit series Devious Maids, takes on the role of Thelma Garcia, a Texas Immigration lawyer who works tirelessly to reunite the pair, while Reuben portrays Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist ProPublica reporter, Ginger Thompson, who broke the story.

Torn From Her Arms is based on a true story, originally covered by the OZY editorial team, following Cindy Madrid (Fátima Molina, Who Killed Sara?) and her six-year-old daughter, Ximena (Camila Nuñez), who fled violence in El Salvador for safety in the U.S., only to be separated at the border as a part of the Administration's Zero Tolerance Policy. Detained in detention centers in different states, Cindy and Ximena endured inhumane living conditions and inadequate medical care, but that was nothing compared to the emotional toll of being apart. Their story would gain national attention when a whistleblower leaked a gut-wrenching audiotape of six-year-old Ximena crying for her mother. The onslaught of media attention incited by Ginger's story alerted the nation to the cruelties being committed against undocumented immigrant families at the border.

Torn From Her Arms is produced by OZY Media and and Motion Picture Corporation of America. Executive producers are Brad Krevoy, Linda Berman, Carlos Watson, Lindsay Roger, Amanda Phillips, Eric Jarboe and Steve McGlothen. Alan Jonsson Gavica directs from a script written by Tawnya Bhattacharya and Ali Laventhol. Originally covered by Ozy's reporting arm, Torn From Her Arms marks Ozy's first foray into scripted programming and an expansion of its television catalog.



OZY is a next-generation media and entertainment company that helps curious people see the world more broadly and more boldly by introducing them to "the New and the Next" - narratives that defy convention, change perspectives and ignite ideas. Beginning as a digital magazine in 2013, OZY has evolved into a modern media company, featuring podcasts, events and original TV series with leading networks, including A+E, HISTORY, Lifetime, Amazon, Hulu, OWN, PBS and BBC. Led by Emmy Award-winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, OZY is based in Mountain View, California, and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors such as Emerson Collective, Marc Lasry and Tom Franco. Learn more at OZY.com. Follow OZY on Twitter at twitter.com/ozy, Facebook at facebook.com/ozy and Instagram at instagram.com/ozy.


Motion Picture Corporation of America was co-founded by Brad Krevoy and has produced, acquired and distributed nearly 200 movies, including more than 20 theatrical releases, grossing more than $1 billion worldwide in all media. MPCA produces an ambitious slate of thousands of hours of popular content for major theatrical releases, broadcast and cable television, and digital streaming. From blockbuster films like "Dumb And Dumber" to the Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed drama, "Taking Chance," MPCA is the industry leader of high-quality content viewed by tens of millions of people around the world. MPCA is the leading supplier of family-friendly content and holiday films including such recent viewer favorites as The Princess Switch (Vanessa Hudgens), A Christmas Prince (Rose McIver, Ben Lamb), Holiday in the Wild (Rob Lowe, Kristin Davis), Operation Christmas Drop (Kat Graham, Alexander Ludwig), and many others. MPCA also produces high-quality TV series like "When Calls the Heart," currently shooting its 9th season for Hallmark Channel.


Celebrating over 35 years of entertaining audiences, Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, high-quality scripted series, and breakout non-fiction series. Lifetime has an impressive legacy in public affairs, bringing attention to social issues that women care about with initiatives such as the long-running Stop Breast Cancer for Life, Stop Violence Against Women, and Broader Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers, and producers, including women of color, to make its content. Lifetime Television(R), LMN(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

Source Lifetime (US)

August 18, 2021 3:00pm ET by Pressparty  


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