Mexican filmmaker Fernando Frias de la Parra’s fresh take on this coming-of-age
narrative sees the rough road of growth collide with issues of identity. From the streets
of Mexico to the immigrant communities of New York City, the film tracks the lives of a
group of young men brought together around a measured, melancholic local
interpretation of a Colombian-born rhythm, the cumbia. Dreams, memories and harsh
reality are intertwined as dancing transcends a form of expression to become the air
they breathe to survive.
De la Parra’s hazy, observational camera invites us to follow Ulises (Juan Daniel
Garcia Treviño), a 17-year-old Mexican who must learn to become a man in America.
He’s isolated and recovering from trauma, away from his friends, the Terkos – the
street gang he was part of in Monterrey. At turns brutal and tender, the story ponders
how the boys can preserve their lives, youth, and friendship in a world where they feel
their existence is worthless.