Country: France, Germany, Mexico
Language: English, Spanish
Running Time: 120min
Film Year: 2016
Having been recently deported, 17-year-old Nero (Johnny Ortiz) has only just returned to Los Angeles when he is again picked up by the police. He is taken to his brother Jesus’ lavish mansion in Beverly Hills. It takes some time before Nero realizes that the mansion does not belong to his brother—Jesus is merely a servant there.
Nero tells Jesus how he plans to secure legal status in the US: he will enlist in the army, becoming a green-card soldier, a means of naturalization through military service under the ‘DREAM Act’. Along with two African American soldiers named Bronx and Compton, Nero ends up patrolling a remote station in Iraq; together these young men will face the horrors of war in the Middle East.
Iranian director Rafi Pitts’ latest film boldly portrays some of the hardships migrants are willing to face in order to secure permanent residence in the United States. Pitts offers memorable portraits of the people who fight for our country, putting their lives on the line so that the rest of us can maintain our freedom and the pursuit of happiness. – Andrés Castillo
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Director: Rafi Pitts
Producer: Thanassis Karathanos, Rita Dagher, Martin Hampel
Screenwriter: Razvan Radulescu, Rafi Pitts
Music: Rhys Chatham
Cinematographer: Christos Karamanis
Editor: Danielle Anezin