On Thursday, December 17 at 6:30pm, CLACS will be hosting the last screening of the Fall 2015 Indocumentales Series. This semester’s series will close with a “broche de oro,” as we will be presenting La Jaula de Oro. This film by director Diego Quemada-Diez has won an impressive array of awards, accolades, and distinctions.
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With over 80 awards, including for Best Film and Best Director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and for Best New Director at the Chicago Film Festival, La Jaula de Oro became the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history. The film swept the 56th edition of the Ariel Awards–Mexico’s national cinema honors–receiving nine awards including for Best Picture, Debut Feature, Original Screenplay, Actor (Brandon López) and supporting actor (Rodolfo Domínguez).
Starring an impressive ensemble cast of non-professional actors, La Jaula de Oro is the story of three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala who travel to the U.S. in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, a Tzotzil kid from Chiapas who doesn’t speak Spanish. Travelling together in cargo trains, walking on the railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality.
An urgent and timely drama that reflects the plight of migrants as they cross Mexico in their way to search for the American dream, La Jaula de Oro is a powerful and lyrical film that presents a humane and fresh take on contemporary reality, and secures Quemada-Diez as a filmmaker to follow.
About the Director: Born in the Iberian Peninsula, Diego Quemada-Diez was raised in the Spanish cities of Burgos, Logroño and Barcelona, and has lived in the Americas for almost twenty years. He worked as a camera assistant in Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom (1995) and a year later in Isabel Coixet’s Things I Never Told. He studied at the American Film Institute (AFI) and his graduation short film was with the Best Cinematography Award given by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). He worked as a camera operator in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, which enabled him to work with other acclaimed filmmakers such as Fernando Meirelles, Tony Scott, Cesar Charlone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. In 2006, he directed the short film I Want to Be a Pilot, which premiered at Sundance and won more than 50 international awards. In 2010 he participated in Cannes’ Cinéfondation program, where he developed his debut feature La Jaula de Oro.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with indigenous film scholar and Assistant Director at CLACS, Amalia Córdova, and Daniel Kaufman who is co-Director of the Endangered Language Alliance, around topics of the indigenous migrant experience.
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Indocumentales is a film and conversation series exploring the immigrant experience. This series is done in partnership with Cinema Tropical, and What Moves You?. For more on Indocumentales, click here.