The family of late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera came to Mexico to present the film "Filly Brown," featuring the music star's big-screen debut.

"We are anxious to see the reaction of the Mexican people, who have given my sister so much and loved her so much," Juan Rivera said.

Co-directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, "Filly Brown" opened in the United States in April amid great expectations among fans of Rivera, who appears as the mother of the protagonist, a struggling Latina rapper portrayed by Gina Rodriguez.

Also starring in the film are Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Gustavo, another of Jenni's brothers, said the character she depicts in the film, a drug-addicted woman behind bars, was "very different from what she was in life."

Even so, Jenni Rivera, who would have turned 44 last week, had been well-prepared for the role by what she witnessed growing up in Southern California, Gustavo said.

Indeed, Jenni was more like the Filly Brown character, whose mission is getting her mother out of jail and off drugs, Juan Rivera said.

The U.S.-born star was killed last December in a plane crash in northern Mexico. EFE