Diego Quemada-Díez on the American Dream’s “Golden Cage”

WhoWhatWhy
February 13, 2015

 

RadioWHO Podcast Episode 04: Diego Quemada-Díez on The Golden Dream

No matter its shifting place in the wider world, the United States is still the only home of the so-called American Dream.That’s why millions of immigrants flock to its shores, many of them without authorization and gambling against increasingly longer odds to reach a new home fraught with risks.

It’s that reality that prompted filmmaker Diego Quemada-Díez to title his award-winning debut feature film La Jaula De Oro — literally translated, “The Golden Cage.”

The Spanish-born Mexican director garnered three awards at the Cannes Film Festival for his tale of four Latin-American teenagers struggling to come to the United States.

Through his film, Diego raises powerful and timely issues dealing with the plight of child migrants, such as those that flooded the United States last year and sparked a political storm. The movie is critical of US government policy, particularly the circumstances created by its economic and political interventions in Latin America. It also examines the impact of prohibitive migration and drug laws.

La Jaula De Oro is the most awarded film in Mexican history, winning more than 60 different accolades from around the world.

The film will debut for US audiences this summer on HBO as The Golden Dream.

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