A gritty, urban, real-life story of a teenage latina who comes of age while struggling to survive the abuses of home, the inner city, and an overburdened social system in a Los Angeles most of us never see.
Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution. Several other youths are there with a variety of ... See full summary »
A day at a group home for troubled adolescents. Denim is the head counselor, involved somehow with Natalia, another counselor. During the day, we watch them and other staff deal with a boy ... See full summary »
Destin Daniel Cretton
Brad William Henke,
A pregnant teenager flees her abusive mother in search of her father, only to be rejected by her stepmother and forced to survive on the streets until a compassionate stranger offers a hopeful alternative.
Based on actual events- 15 year old Alicia Montalvo escapes the civil war violence in her native El Salvador to live in Los Angeles with her younger brother and crack-addict aunt. Her trials are compounded when the illegal sweatshop in which she works is raided. Escaping the INS raid, she is beaten by her aunt when she comes home without cash. At school, her bruises are noticed and child welfare authorities eventually step in and place her in a foster home, separating Alicia from her brother. At the foster home she is led astray by the family's other foster daughter and falls victim to a sexual predator. Police, pregnancy, the group home for pregnant teens, the house bully, rape and a shooting. It's more bad stuff than one human being should have to bear. Written by
This films message needs to be heard around the world!
For a film with a tight low $100,000 budget, it worked out beautifully. The message that director Nate Thomas and producer Tim Russ bring to the audience should be praised and heard around the U.S. for the citizens need to be aware of tragedy that happens in today's foster homes.
3 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?