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Cirilo Recio Dávila,
Juan, Sara, and Samuel, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the United States in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico, they meet Chauk, an Indian from Chiapas who doesn't speak Spanish. Traveling together in freight trains and walking on railroad tracks, they soon have to face an odyssey that will change their lives forever.Written by
The mythical city of El Dorado - opportunity in US
In this story El Dorado is the myth of economic opportunity in the USA! It doesn't exist in the 21st century yet the story, the myth, the legend, lives on. And our three main characters, Juan, Chauk, and Sara, learn this the hard way.
In "The Golden Dream" three native Central Americans head north to find the promise in the myth of opportunity in the USA. To achieve this goal they put their very lives on the line; for to travel as a peasant is precarious at best. They encounter danger, kindness, injury, and conflict. From the very start the three - Juan, Chauk, and Sara - must communicate between themselves and this is a problem as Chauk does not speak Spanish.
This film is beautifully photographed, has minimal dialog, and the three travelers capture your heart and hopes. The story of their traveling together will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what their next danger will be and will they make it? Juan learns first had how cruel and false the myth is. But at movies end you the viewer are left to decide for yourself if Juan found his reward or does he feel lost, lonely, and forgotten.
This is easily one of those must see films because it is both beautiful to see yet disturbing to comprehend how immigrants are willing to suffer danger and death to find the elusive American dream.
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