All the World is Sleeping – Director Ryan Lacen

ALL THE WORLD IS SLEEPING follows Chama (Melissa Barrera), who as a young girl in New Mexico, strived to be different from her mother. Now in her twenties, she’s found herself falling into a similar cycle of generational addiction. This struggle then threatens her balance as a mother to her own daughter. As Chama tries to keep it all together, a harrowing accident will spiral her out of control, causing her daughter to be taken from her custody. With nothing left, she’ll have to confront her past in order to fight for a future — one that can either guide her closer to getting her daughter back or lead her deeper into this dangerous cycle. ALL THE WORLD IS SLEEPING centers the complex role of motherhood, addresses generational cycles of addiction and beautifully highlights a community that is not often represented in films. As a filmmaker whose own life has also been scarred by addiction, Director and writer Ryan Lacen joins us to talk about focusing a unique cinematic lens while shaping these stories to create a film that would feel both singularly raw and universally connected.


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NY HBO Latino Film Festival – Winner of Best Film
Las Cruces International Film Festival – Winner of Best Film & Grand Jury Prize
Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival – Winner of Best Editing
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival – Winner of Best Film
Ojai International Film Festival – Honorable Mention Best Director
Seattle Latino Film Festival – Honorable Mention Best Film, Best Director




“Barrera spent time with these women and their families to gain insight for her performance. This makes the drama a genuine ethnographic study in the oral tradition as much as a dramatic feature. The result is one of the most honest and harrowing studies of addiction since Requiem for a Dream.” – Michael Talbot-Haynes,

“…unlike other films, All the World [is Sleeping] exposes the lack of resources that are needed by single mothers trapped in this cycle.” – Donnie Lopez,

“I’m honored to be part of something this important,” [Doralee] Urban says. “There have been so many women that have been in situations I’ve been in before. It’s like we’re invisible a lot of the time, and I wanted to be a part of this to express that we are people. There’s a real issue out there. We are people and should be seen.” Urban is overwhelmed by the response to the film.” – Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal