OSCAR SHORTS FILM REVIEW – Burros: Stark reality of human migration and its many pitfalls

Human migration whatever the cause whether due to duress, catastrophe, war or force is an event in that person’s life that only they can feel, they have reached a point in life that there is nowhere to go but away, far, far, away. Tragic and overwhelming what makes a person up stake and leave everything they have for a ‘better life or to just escape.’

Director Jefferson Stein who also produced the film has picked a particular heart breaking event, that happens over and over again and shown it through the disparate lives of two young and innocent little girls both victims of circumstance. The talented director’s heartbreaking film gives us insight to what it is like to live by the border and take a huge risk every time they help someone trying to cross into America.

The talented director’s heartbreaking film gives us insight to what it is like to live by the border and take a huge risk every time they help someone trying to cross into America.

The film captures the innocence of youth;  two girls, strangers to one another in language and ethnicity are brought together by fate, being young and carefree they spend the whole day together, and end up walking home happy and content; for one sweet girl the events of the day will repeat over and over again, however for the other little angel sitting in the dimly lit caravan her silent desperation to be with her loved ones speaks volumes and the brief moment that the camera focuses on her you see that little flower grow up and you know that she is a survivor.  

The film captures the innocence of youth

The drama is the first acting credit for both Amaya Juan and Zuemmy Carrillo, they both acted like seasoned professionals and at such a tender age displayed tremendous poise. Both the little angels should be very proud of their contribution and so should Stein for bringing out such wonderful performances.

This authentic film can be soon be seen at the New York Latino Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, Indie Street Film Festival, Albuquerque Film & Music Experience, Bolton Film Festival and is also under consideration for the 95th Academy Awards®.

Sonya McCloud, Film Business Magazine

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