Some Latin American films dealing with the topic of Immigration

Golden DreamWHO IS DAYANI CRISTALMARIA FULL OF GRACE

DESIERTO (15) 2016 MEXICO CUARÓN, JONÁS £12.99
A group of Mexican migrant workers make the dangerous crossing into the USA as they go in search of a better life by. However, they are quickly spotted by a psychotic American vigilante who takes it upon himself to hunt them across the desert with his rifle.

LA JAULA DE ORO/THE GOLDEN DREAM (12A) 2013 GUATEMALA QUEMADA-DÍEZ, DIEGO £15.99
Three  teenagers from the poorest part of Guatemala set off for a better life in the US.

On their way, they meet Chauk, an indigenous boy who can’t speak Spanish, but  tags along.  Continuing their journey they encounter kidnappers, drug traffickers and corrupt officials

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MARIA LLENA ERES DE GRACIA/MARIA FULL OF GRACE (15) 2004 COLOMBIA MARSTON, JOSHUA £17.99

Award wining film about one woman’s journey from a small Colombian town to the streets of New York.

Bright, spirited 17-year-old, Maria Alvarez (Catalina Sandino Moreno) lives with her extended family in a cramped house in rural Colombia and works stripping thorns from flowers in a rose plantation.

She is tempted by a lucrative job travelling to the USA as a drug ‘mule’ . However the promised uneventful trip goes wrong when Maria arrives in New York City. Nevertheless Maria is determination to survival in the USA and she finally emerges with the grace that will carry her forward into a new life.

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WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? (12A) 2013 SILVER, MARC £15.99
Actor Gael García Bernal produces and presents this documentary exploring the issue of illegal immigration from Mexico into the USA. The documentary takes as its starting point the discovery of a corpse in the area of Arizona nicknamed the ‘corridor of death’ due to the perils it holds for those attempting to hop the border. As the staff from the Pima County Morgue attempt to identify the dead man from little more than the tattooed words ‘Dayani Cristal’, the film follows their efforts in a bid to see what the life of the man may have to tell us about the motivations and fears of those attempting to cross the border and the justness of US immigration policy.

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LA VIDA PRECOZ Y BREVE DE SABINA RIVAS/ PRECOCIOUS & BRIEF LIFE OF SABINA RIVAS (15) 2012 MEXICO MANDOKI, LUIS £12.99
Honduran teenager Sabina Rivas (Greisy Mena) leaves her small town dreaming of becoming a famous singer in the USA. However first she must navigate through Mexico’s seedy underworld to reach her goal.

DVDS in Spanish with English subtitles.

Available to buy at – http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/spanish-latin-american-films-on-dvd

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