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Streeters (2001)
"De la calle" (original title)

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Authentic and committed, moving and stormy drama of street kids from Mexico City. Wonderful adaptation of successful play about street kids who have more trouble with corrupt cops, than with dirty and heavy work.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Fernando Peña ...
Rufino
Maya Zapata ...
Xóchitl
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Cero
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Ochoa
Luis Felipe Tovar ...
Chicharra
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Amparo
Abel Woolrich ...
Félix
Cristina Michaus ...
Seño
Ernesto Yáñez ...
Gregorio
Alfonso Figueroa ...
Globero
Roberto 'Raki' Ríos ...
El Trueno (as Roberto Ríos 'Raki')
Jorge Zárate ...
Carnicero 'Don Lenche'
Norma Angélica ...
Gloria
Iván Rafael González ...
Juan
Óscar Sevilla ...
Antonio
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Rufino (15) roams the streets of Mexico City. He tries his best to look after the youngest homeless children who survive on a diet of glue and hash and sleep in the sewers at night. Rufino earns some money doing hard and dirty work, such as moving meat around a slaughterhouse. Rufino sells a bag of cocaine for Ochoa, a corrupt cop who has Rufino's district in his power and is also the lover of Rufino's adoptive mother. He decides to use the money to flee the city with his girlfriend and her baby. Ochoa sets off after them. Just as Rufino seems able to escape, he finds out that his real father is still alive. Obsessed by this knowledge, Rufino doesn't want to leave until he has found his father. Written by Anonymous

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La calle es de quien la trabaja, vive y ama en ella.

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A Glimpse into the Heart-wrenching Story of a People
12 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Director, Gerardo Tort develops a raw human portrait of today's urban slum. "De la Calle" literally translated means "Of the Streets", and suitably so as Tort deals with one of the most disturbing and complex issues: Children living on the streets of Mexico City.

The storyline of two teenagers, Rufino and Xochitl, whose desire is to escape the cruel lifestyle of the streets, is the vehicle used to tour the lives of a marginalized people and experience a glimpse of their ruthless reality. As it seems that there is no possible form of social mobility, the viewer is intrigued by Rufino's proposal of relocating and beginning a new life. This notion is paused by the discovery that Rufino's father might be alive. Their circumstances become more inconceivable as the film progresses.

Tort uses a hand-held camera to take the viewer to undesirable real places, otherwise unknown to the outsider. His use of lighting techniques, the stark contrast between light and dark, symbolizes the extreme disparity of the social economic classes that persist in Mexico. Tort also uses this minimal lighting to convey other critical issues of a Latin American nation: social immobility, corruption at different levels in society, family violence, drugs, rape, and poverty.

"De la Calle" is the child of Tort's original theatrical play, created more than a decade ago to raise awareness about social conditions in the heart of Mexico City. Tort was unable to continue showing the play due to restrictions imposed by authorities. Tort takes a risk by continuing this play as a motion picture. He portrays the painful life of a marginalized people as a form of art, unmasking core issues of the homeless, parent-less, and broken. Thus, Tort inspires others to rise up against the vicious cycles of social injustices.


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