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Pocha: Manifest Destiny (2015)

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Raised in the U.S., Claudia (22) is an undocumented illegal immigrant living beyond her means in a twisted version of the American dream. When she's arrested by the FBI for credit card ... See full summary »


Michael Dwyer, Kaitlin McLaughlin (co-director)


Michael Dwyer (story), Kaitlin McLaughlin
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Veronica Sixtos ... Pocha
Julio Cesar Cedillo ... Andrés
Roberto Urbina ... Ricky
Jorge A. Jimenez ... Arturo
Sandra Santiago ... Inez
Jesse Garcia ... Lecho
María del Carmen Farias ... Lita
Jeff Chassler Jeff Chassler ... Roger
Sebastian Feldman ... Loan Officer
Danièle Watts ... Claudia's Friend
Michael Nardelli ... Public Defender
Alicia Sixtos ... Deportee
María Paula Forero María Paula Forero ... Deportee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Chacon ... Chicago Police Officer
Carlos Escamilla Carlos Escamilla ... Soldier 2


Raised in the U.S., Claudia (22) is an undocumented illegal immigrant living beyond her means in a twisted version of the American dream. When she's arrested by the FBI for credit card fraud, Claudia is quickly deported to Mexico. Speaking no Spanish and lost in her foreign "homeland," she reluctantly takes refuge at her estranged father's cattle ranch. As she clashes with her unyielding father, her attempts to return to the U.S. thrust her into a dangerous bond with a foreign smuggler, Ricky. Caught between her father's sermons, Ricky's promises, and the encroaching military, Claudia must navigate a tightrope of impossible choices. Written by Bomb-Diggity-Grant

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »





English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostile Border See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Veracity Productions See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Veronica Sixtos is also a talented artist and performs acoustic covers of popular songs and original songs on her YouTube channel. See more »

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Thoughtful and interesting film. Worth watching
22 April 2016 | by philhertzSee all my reviews

Fantastic first effort for the screenwriter. Movie is full of nuance as well as great suspense. Viewer is constantly questioning the reasons for the action. The story works on many levels.

It deserves to be shown to a wider audience on big screens. We were fortunate to see in in a special screening in a theater but most people will have to settle for downloads.

To create such a great moving on a shoe-string budget is almost unbelievable. Can't wait to see the next picture which will hopefully have a bigger budget.

Well worth 90 minutes of time to check out this film.

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