In the mountains of Monterrey, Mexico, a small street gang named "Los Terkos" spend their days listening to slowed down cumbia music and attending dance parties, showing off their outfits, hairstyles and gang alliances. These different bands of disaffected youth refer to themselves as Kolombianos, combining the Cholo culture with Colombian music. Ulises Samperio (17), the leader of Los Terkos, tries to protect his friends from the nefarious elements of a quickly evolving drug/political war, but after a misunderstanding with a local cartel, he is forced to leave for Jackson Heights, Queens, a diverse immigrant community in New York City. Ulises tries to assimilate, but when he learns that his gang and the whole Kolombia culture is under threat, he questions his place in America and longs to return home.
Did You Know?
The script won the 2013 Bengala award, and was published in short story form. The next year the script was selected for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab won the Gabriel Figueroa Development Grant at Los Cabos Film Festival. See more
The story happens in 2011. In the city landscape you can clearly see the Torre Top building, built in 2018. See more
The title doesn't appear until around the 12-minute mark. See more