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2014, California Pictures, 102 min, USA, Dir: David Llauger Meiselman

Shot on location in East Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights neighborhood, this powerful coming-of-age drama shows the destructive wake of California’s “Three Strikes” law. Growing up in a gang-controlled area, Juan Garcia (Johnny Ortiz) has few male role models beyond his uncle Manny (Danny Trejo), an ex-gang banger who has reinvented himself as an actor. But even he may not be able to keep Juan out of trouble when that’s all the judicial system sees in his community. With French Stewart and James Russo.

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