The Golden Dream (La Jaula de Oro)
With director Diego Quemada-Díez in person
Mexico-Guatemala-Spain. Dir. Diego Quemada-Díez. 2013, 102 mins. New York premiere. With Brandon Lopez, Rodolfo Dominiguez, Karen Martinez. Juan, Sara, and Samuel, a group of 15-year-olds from the slums of Guatemala, flee their home country in an attempt to make a better life for themselves in the United States.. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, an Indian from Chiapas who does not speak Spanish. Traveling together in cargo trains and walking on railroad tracks, they soon face a harsh reality. The ensemble cast was honored with the Un Certain Talent Award at the Cannes Film Festival. With La Jaula de Oro, Diego Quemada-Díez—who has worked as a camera operator for directors Fernando Meirelles, Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and many others—makes his directorial feature debut.