Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The startling debut film from Diego Quemada-Díez presents a stark and unsentimental look at the realities of migration. Centering on the story of three young Guatemalans attempting to cross the U.S. border from Mexico, La jaula de oro compels viewers to contemplate the harsh circumstances that many migrants must face. Juan, Samuel, and Sara (who is forced to disguise herself as a boy) embark on a journey that they believe will culminate in a life of ease and comfort once they arrive in the United States. Hitching rides on cargo trains, they cross paths with Chauk, an adolescent boy from Chiapas who does not speak Spanish. As the four youngsters travel together, they encounter barrier after barrier, leading them to wonder whether the "good life" will remain forever elusive and out of reach.