The film begins with a look at generations past, a snapshot of Giovanni’s father dancing with a woman back in the 1980s. This is an example of his “Fuego,” the purpose or passion in one’s life. The story that Gio tells about his Fuego is set in a bar on New Year’s Eve. Gio had a falling out with his brother, Francisco, after he and his girlfriend, Nadine, tried to play matchmaker for Gio and a salsa dance teacher, Camila. Gio is in the bar telling this story to his friends, Eddie and Joel, instead of being with family on an important night. Moments before midnight, Gio sneaks away to check his Instagram feed and sees that Francisco is newly engaged to Nadine, popping the question this evening. Gio is full of regret, but as the night winds down Francisco makes a last-minute appearance at Gio’s bar. The two have a heart-to-heart conversation revealing Gio’s true Fuego, the importance of family.
Passion and purpose collide as Gio tries to find himself within complicated family dynamics.
Director: Edwin FrankO
Choreographer: Edwin FrankO
(United States, 2022) 22:03 minutes