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The humble and hardworking Orodoto Balbuena finally gets an opportunity of realizing his lifelong dream of reaching New York and living the "American Dream", but soon finds out that things aren't as pretty as he thought.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luisito Martí ... Balbuena
Caridad Ravelo ... Nancy
Raúl Carbonell ... Fellito
Rafael Villalona ... Pedro
Joel Garcia ... Juan Carlos
Randolph Feliz ... Police Officer
Alfonso Zayas ... Chef
Bersaida Vega ... Xiomara
Rosalba Rolon ... Matilde
Manny Gironny ... Consul
Ledesma ... 'El Flaco'
Rafael Decena ... Chico
Graciela Mas ... Teresita
Carlota Carretero ... Natalia
Fermín Suárez ... Policia


The story of a humble widowed man named Ordoto Balbuena, who is in a difficult economic situation as he is jobless. He meets with a friend called Fellito who promises to take him to New York. Despite his doubts, Balbuena is convinced that everything will be fine. Balbuena then goes to New York and live the "American Dream". But he then realizes that the United States is not how he imagined at all. Written by Emphinix

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16 August 1995 (Dominican Republic)  »

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Por fin llego Balbuena  »

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Official submission of the Dominican Republic for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 68th Academy Awards in 1996. See more »


Balbuena: We've gone to like seventy places and everywhere it's the same shit: You don't speak English, you have no Social Security, you have no papers... always the same shit!
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Featured in Un Rollo en la Arena (2005) See more »


Me Voy pa Nueba Yol!
Performed by Luisito Martí
Composed by Luisito Martí
Published by RMM & Sony Records
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Nueba Yol
14 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Welcome to Nueba Yol

Balbuena pulls out the keys to his cousin Pedro's overcrowded apartment and makes a failing attempt to open the door. To Balbuena, opening a New York City apartment door is one of the hardest things to do. Nothing compares to opening the door of his "ranchito" back in the Dominican Republic. Unable to speak English, Balbuena finds it difficult to communicate with the police officer, whose gun is pointed directly at him. He unsuccessfully tries to speak to him in Spanish and says that he is new in this country, but to the police officer this means nothing. His failed attempt to open the door has convinced him that Balbuena belongs to the group of the drug dealers who were just caught right outside of his apartment building .

Nueba Yol is a comic film, written, produced and directed by Angel Muniz, who is also widely known in the Dominican Republic for his other two films, Perico Ripiao and Ladrones a Domicilio. Nueba Yol was released in 1995. Receiving a rating of 7/10 from the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), this film is the first out of three volumes. The main actors are Caridad Ravelo as Nancy, Raul Corbonell as Fellito, Joel Garcia as Pancho and the protagonist, Luisito Marti, who was also a musician, comedian and producer, as Balbuena, his iconic character. After this film Marti was recognized, not only for his character in this film but for his work as a musician and comedian as well. After the death of his fiancé, Balbuena receives a small fortune, which he uses to buy a home in the Dominican Republic. His desire to experience living in New York is so intense that when his friend Fellito offers to help him get to the United States, he risks losing his home to buy a visa. His first experience in New York is accidentally getting hit by a car. This is where he meets Nancy, a Dominican woman who will soon be returning to the Dominican Republic. She is also one of the people who helps Balbuena in New York. They developed a friendship which quickly turned into a romance. Unfortunately, Nancy's time in New York is limited and she is forced to leave Balbuena behind. He also meets Pancho, a local restaurant owner. Being an immigrant himself, he is able to look past the fact that Balbuena doesn't have working papers and gives him his first job opportunity. The film heavily focuses on Balbuena's relationship with these two characters, who end up heavily influencing Balbuena's final outcome.

Although the film is presented as a comedy, it holds a lot of truth. The film successfully shows the experience of a foreign person who is in New York for the first time. Balbuena, like most immigrants when first coming to New York, doesn't speak English and is faced with a language barrier. As an outcome he gets into certain situations that could have been avoided if he knew English. Another situation that a lot of people deal with is not having shelter. Although Balbuena had family in New York and was able to stay with his cousin Pedro for some time, eventually he had to leave and find a place of his own. A lot of people overstay their welcome with their families and are forced to try and make it on their own. The issue of employment is another topic that was presented in this film. Being an undocumented immigrant like Balbuena can make it hard to find a job. Many are forced to jump from job to job and settle for whatever little pay the employers offer.

I recommend this film to any young adult/adult or anyone who is interested in knowing more about the experience of a person who goes to the United States in search of their "American dream." Some of the situations that Balbuena is faced with in this film aren't pleasant and are situations that people, in particular some immigrants, can relate to. Despite all the hardship that is presented in this film, Balbuena's optimistic attitude throughout the movie and the fact that the film was made into a comedy makes it easier for the film to be viewed. In a way the comedy sugarcoats the harsh reality of the film. I liked this movie because although at times it was a bit exaggerated, it still represented real life events. I also liked Balbuena's character: he was very optimistic, hardworking and determined. I think it's very important that Balbuena's character had these qualities because it showed that succeeding in a foreign place doesn't only depend on a person's attitude but on the place itself. I also feel that his optimism kept the film from becoming a sob story of a young Dominican man who failed trying to make it in New York.

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