“A stark and brutal glimpse of life in a small Mexican town. Original and well written. Atmospheric and authentic. The characters are strong and diverse, from the Mothers and Grandmothers to the Fathers and Grandfathers with their interconnecting lives and struggles to keep their children safe and on a righteous path while there is danger, fear and frustration all around them. There is much pain and heartbreak interspersed with joy in the simple pleasures of life. A touching and emotional story.” -Academy of Arts and Sciences Nicholl Screenwriters Fellowship.
“Director Damian John Harper shows a sure hand in avoiding clichés when depicting this angelic struggle against demons.” -64th Berlin International Film Festival.
“The authenticity Harper brings to the milieu is admirable, as is the purity of having non-professional actors dramatize their own lives.” -The Hollywood Reporter.
MATEO, 17, prepares to migrate to Los Angeles in order to support his humble family in their small village in Southern Mexico, yet before he can depart the unforgiving leader of the local gang demands that he commit murder to become a member!
Mateo Bautista Matías | Marcos Rodríguez Ruíz | Lidia García García | Daniel Bautista Gutierrez | Donaciano Bautista Matías Valentina Ojeda Martínez
DIRECTOR/SCREENWRITER Damian John Harper
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Weydemann Bros.
CO PRODUCER Cine Plus
CINEMATOGRAPHER Friede Clausz
SOUND DESIGNER Gregor Bonse
EDITOR Lorna Steffen Hoeffler