The American Dream is a potent magnet for poor, huddled masses in search of a better life. Diego Quemada-Díez’s gripping debut feature is a piercing, poetic road movie following the fortunes of three Guatemalan teenagers on a desperate journey across the Mexican border into America. Quemada-Díez collaborated on several Ken Loach classics, including Carla’s Song
, and Loach’s influence is evident in his compassion and commitment to realism. Juan, Samuel and Sara are joined by a young Tzotzil Indian boy, Chauk, as they ride the rails and constantly risk their lives for a distant chance of something better in a country that only sees them as expendable, cheap labour. An urgent, compelling debut.