After the birth of his first child, Roberto, a young Mexican man slips across the border into the United States. Seeking work to support his family back home, he finds that working hard is not enough.

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Domingo Ambriz ...
Roberto
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Joe
Linda Gillen ...
Sharon
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Anglo Coyote
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2nd Drunk
Ludevina Mendez Salazar ...
Roberto's Wife
Maria Guadalupe Chavez ...
Roberto's Mother
Rafaela Cervantes de Gomez ...
Midwife
Feliz Cedano ...
Tomato Field Mayordomo
Edward Lopez ...
Contratista
Evelyn Chieko Saito ...
Strawberry Field Owner
Tom Tar ...
Strawberry Field Owner
Gabriel Segura ...
Strawberry Field Mayordomo
Paul Berrones ...
Berto
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After his daughter's birth, Roberto leaves his town in Michoacan to make money in the United States. He's "an illegal," crossing into California and taking work wherever he can: picking strawberries, grapes, lettuce, and cucumbers. He hitchhikes, rides freight trains, and depends on the kindness of strangers. Near Stockton, things look up when a sympathetic waitress gives him a place to live, and he gets a better job at a crop-dusting company. But immigration raids are a constant possibility that can end stability. Can Roberto hold onto his equilibrium in this foreign land where hard work is not enough? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How the other half lives
5 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Half of Mexicans live in poverty, by the tally of their government. It's probably higher as compared with American standards. To go north illegally and work picking crops is a way to make more money for some than what they can make in Mexico.

"Alambrista" is an engrossing drama depicting the experiences of one such illegal, Roberto (Domingo Albriz), as he heads north carrying nothing but himself and the shirt on his back.

Obstacles pop up all the way. "La Migra" (the immigration police) are at work making sweeps of fields being picked, night clubs, roads, borders and wherever else they think illegals might be mixing in. Life can be turned upside down for an illegal at any time.

Roberto is befriended by some and taken advantage of by others. It's quite an adventure. He doesn't speak English and that can give him away. One of his friends teaches him how to act like a gringo so he won't stick out too much. The work is absolutely back-breaking.

You will feel like you are one of the 1% after seeing this movie, but it is not designed that way. It's not a sentimental tale, by and large. It's more realistic.

It's a good movie.


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