A young peasant from British India traces his missing sister to Central America, becoming an indentured worker and spearheading a quest for ancient Maya artifacts that could give the siblings a fair shot at life in the British Empire—or the power to overthrow it.
Comps: Indiana Jones, Bridge on the River Kwai
THE HONOURABLE AND CHIVALROUS
SIR GREGOR MACGREGOR OF POYAIS
Visionary war hero or callous conman? Scottish adventurer Gregor MacGregor stands trial for fraud after declaring himself ruler of a small South American country, milking investors, and luring migrants to squalor and death in the 19th century's Fyre festival. From chasing glory in Simón Bolívar's revolution, to winning over a jury, MacGregor's burden is to prove that you can trust a man with two first names.
Comps: The Big Short, Fitzcarraldo
FAR FROM THE TREE
After fleeing his despotic home country of Libertad, snowflake Simón has a good life and exile cred in the safe space of grad school in the USA. Until the State Department forces him to become a double agent and befriend the dictator back home — his father.
Winner, Ron Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy
A dedicated Los Angeles attorney fights cases that turn on the existence of the supernatural, risking her credibility—and her life—to pursue justice and the truth even when they are alien to the law.