Directed by: Ricardo Perez-Selsky
Written by: Ricardo Perez-Selsky
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A desperately scared woman and child do what they can to get across the border to safety within the united states. Sin Fronteras examines immigration policies, fear, and corruption using a border crossing, a hijacking, and the universal concept of a woman's love for her little boy. It all explodes in a short film just over ten minutes in length.
Juliana ( Amber Lee Ettinger ) hijacks a car in an attempt to cross the border with her son in tow. The driver, wife of congressman Sharp ( Chadwich Hopson ), after falling for a ruse, is then held at gunpoint by a frantic Juliana. Elizabeth Sharp ( Alexis Johnson ) is at first understandably terrified, but quickly recognizes Juliana's desperation for what it is. A last ditch effort to get her son to safety.
With things the way they are right now in the world, titles like Sin Fronteras are needed as everything around us seems to be crumbling. This isn't a story completely new, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to gain by watching it. Perez-Selsky makes his stand by providing a short film that like Juliana herself, desperately tries to address some real world issues that just don't seem to be going away. They're getting worse, actually. This film relies heavily on a common ground shared by people within any social group. The love of their children.
This movie also makes good use of dry landscapes for both visual and action standpoints. The dust flying off the vehicles adds drama, and during a scene involving the potential rape of one of the ladies, the isolation of the surroundings feels thick, adding to the tension. This isn't just a title about border crossing, it's also a title about the evils of man no matter where they are from.
The acting is especially noteworthy for a micro-budget, indie title. Often, when there's not a lot of money to throw into a project, the casting choices are very limited. Regarding Sin Fronteras, the casting was done superbly, and the characters jump from page to screen effortlessly. As 2021 has just begun, it's easy to say this is the best micro film I've seen all year, but in actuality, it's the best micro film I've seen in some time.
One to watch out for and easily a good way to spend just over ten minutes. Sin Fronteras sets out, and accomplishes its mission to bring home a great independent drama with a side order of action. It's quick. It's powerful. Thumbs up and highly recommended.