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.

Second Capsule: Released as The Golden Dream. Narratively tense, structurally unpredictable drama of young Guatemalan immigrants.

VOR:   Satisfying and sobering immigration narrative that avoids familiar tropes, beats, and resolutions. All the more urgent given current political hysteria around this issue.

Photo © 2013 Animal de Luz/Machete Producciones, © 2015 Kino Lorber Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

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