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Don't Let Me Drown (2009)

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In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.

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Cruz Angeles
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Credited cast:
E.J. Bonilla ... Lalo
Gleendilys Inoa ... Stefanie
Damián Alcázar ... Ramon
Ricardo Chavira ... Dionisio
Gina Torres ... Diana
Yareli Arizmendi ... Virginia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moisés Acevedo ... Tito
Raúl Castillo ... Alex
Dennis Kellum Castro Dennis Kellum Castro ... Jonathan
Jeannie Dalton Jeannie Dalton ... Woman
Robert Dioguardi ... Police Officer #1
Ariel Estrada ... Ground Zero Reporter
Cory Fernandez ... Crowd person # 1
Louis Fernandez Louis Fernandez ... Crowd person #3
Julie M. Finch Julie M. Finch ... Older Lady
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In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No dejes que me ahogue See more »

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Referenced in 30 for 30: Fernando Nation (2010) See more »

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Written by Timothy Thomas Cleary
Performed by The Arclights
Courtesy of Timothy Thomas Cleary
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a great indie film that captures the tragedy of 9/11 and a realistic look at the ups and downs of teenage love.
28 May 2012 | by ja-191-280465See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this film last year and I must say, I was quite surprised. Directed by cruz angeles, "don't let me drown"is set in brooklyn, ny and revolves around two teens lalo, (e.j. bonilla) a Mexican American from an impoverished family and stephanie, (gleendilys inoa) a tough, angry dominican girl whose family is mourning the loss of her sister who died in 9/11. The two leads have pretty good chemistry and gave good, solid performances. Its great how the director not only uses the horrors of 9/11 to show the profound impact this tragic event has had on the two lead characters and their families, but he also uses 9/11 as a way of highlighting their perceptions of each other and the world around them. This is definitely not a sappy teen love story. The movie captures the essence of the love and attraction between lalo and stephanie through the dialogue which is incredibly authentic."don't let me drown" is one of the coolest independent films that deals with teen angst, as well as love, lost and pain. It is a film that exposes the reality of poverty and urban life and is definitely one of a kind.


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