Writer-director Glenn Robert Smith's dramatic narrative of Mexican-American migrant experiences in Southern California, "Los Patriotas," will mark its world premiere Sun. Mar. 24 at 12:00 p.m. at the Ninth Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival.
Set in the burgeoning, albeit illegal, hidden camps that dot the rural foothills of San Diego County, and mixing murder-mystery with a housemaid's search for lasting romance, the female-driven 35mm Dini Films International entry "Patriotas" toplines internationally acclaimed dancer Olivia Peña in her screen debut as the Cinderella-like Evelia in pursuit of the American Dream.
Told in the Latino empowerment vein of 2002 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Audience Award winner "Real Women Have Curves," "Patri-otas" features notable performances by rising Latino recording artist Roberto Enrique as Evelia's compassionate but disillusioned adolescent brother; Frankie Martinez as her overly protective brother; and Mexican television icon Luis Torner in comic relief.
With action involving the FBI and CIA, the film sports a cast culled from Latino theatrical groups across Tijuana, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
The 90-minute "Patriotas," lensed by two-time Emmy Award-winning director of photography Jim Orr and featuring a score by Argentina's Emilio Kauderer, joins Golden Globe nominee "Y Tu Mamá También" (Mexico), 2002 Sundance Film Festival entry "Manito" (USA), and over two dozen other films to be shown at the festival.