La Jaula de Oro: The Golden Dream
Why it’s worth your time:
This is the movie that taught me it’s possible to literally find yourself on the edge of your seat in suspense. Four Guatemalan teenagers attempt the dangerous journey through Mexico across the United States’ border. One of the most timely and beautiful films I have ever seen.
La Jaula de Oro (literally, “The Golden Cage”) shows the perilous journey migrants make through Central America to the U.S. The teens follow the tracks of La Bestia (The Beast), the legendary (and dangerous) network of freight trains migrants ride atop to traverse Mexico in search of a better life. It will make the viewer question how far they themselves will go for family, and opportunity.
Watch it with:
Anyone with a sense of adventure, or wondering what drives people to walk 2,700+ miles to the U.S. in search of a better life.
One of the teens is a girl disguised as a boy, and another is an is an indigenous Mayan teenager who speaks only the language of the Tzotzil people—one of the 40% of Guatemalans who speak a Mayan or Arawakan language, not Spanish, as their first language.