The Golden Dream

Film, Drama
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The Golden Dream

A moving, often terrifying and occasionally warm road movie with something urgent and important to say about our world, ‘The Golden Dream’ tells of four teens trying to make a journey across land from Guatemala to the United States via Mexico. One of the four, Chauk, is indigenous and speaks no Spanish; another, Sara (Karen Martínez), cuts her hair short, tapes her breasts and pretends to be a boy; Juan (Brandon López) is wary of Chauk and jealous of his interest in Sara; and Samuel (Carlos Chajon) is not sure he’s up to this arduous trip by foot, truck, boat and train.

Director and co-writer Diego Quemada-Díez condenses many acute observations about life as an emigrant into a sure-footed, credible story. He invests a great deal of compassion in these four characters without allowing that to distort the uncomfortable truths of such a tale: this is a horrific, dangerous and desperate way of eking out a future. Their dream is life in the US. The reality, of course, is a nightmare, although there are welcome flashes of goodwill and solidarity along the way that suggest that decency and desperation are not mutually exclusive.

By: Dave Calhoun


Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday June 27 2014
Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Diego Quemada-Díez
Screenwriter: Diego Quemada-Díez
Cast: Carlos Chajon
Rodolfo Domínguez
Brandon López
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