La Jaula de oro
aka The Golden Dream First screened in October 2013 / Most recently screened in January 2016
Director: Diego Quemada-Díez. Cast: Brandon López, Karen Martínez, Rodolfo Domínguez, Carlos Chajon, Héctor Tahuite, Ricardo Esquerra, César Bañuelos, Luis Alberti. Screenplay: Diego Quemada-Díez, Gibrán Portela, and Lucía Carreras. Twitter Capsule:
Less technically precocious than Sin Nombre but even more persuasive, encompassing take on northward migration.
Released as The Golden Dream. Narratively tense, structurally unpredictable drama of young Guatemalan immigrants.
Satisfying and sobering immigration narrative that avoids familiar tropes, beats, and resolutions. All the more urgent given current political hysteria around this issue.