Pocha – Manifest Destiny
POCHA – MANIFEST DESTINY
WORLD PREMIERE 2015 LA FILM FESTIVAL
In this gorgeously filmed crime thriller, first time feature filmmaker Michael Dwyer and his co-director Kiatlin Mclaughlin bring the intensity to POCHA – MANIFEST DESTINY an engaging story of a young woman caught in the cross hairs of life. Chasing the bling of the lux life, Claudia, a twenty-something Chicana, makes bad choices – and gets caught. Despite the fact that she barely speaks a word of Spanish, her undocumented status gets her deported to Mexico. After being deported from the U.S.A. for credit card fraud, she is forced to go to her estranged father’s cattle ranch in northern México. Although she can never legally return to the U.S. Claudia refuses to accept life with her estranged father and grandmother in her foreign “homeland,” and she spirals into a dangerous situation with a handsome smuggler.
This year’s breakout star and newcomer – Veronica Sixtos gives a nuanced performance as an emotionally withholding anti-hero who’s trouble for anyone who dares to care about her. Pitched in a heightened style between a slow-burning thriller and a noir western, this smartly conceived allegorical tale confronts the dark side of the American dream.
Julio Cesar Cedillo
Jorge A. Jimenez
Director/Cinematographer: Michael Dwyer
Director/Writer: Kaitlin McLaughlin
Producer: Alicia Dwyer