First show: January 29


A Skype Q&A with the film’s director, Diego Quemada-Diez, will follow the screening on Friday, January 29.

A discussion with Justin Skinner, immigration attorney and program director in the SF office of the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) and Angelina Romano, Caminos program coordinator at SFUSD, will follow the screening on Wednesday, February 3.

A discussion with Justin Skinner, immigration attorney and program director in the SF office of the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) will follow the 8:30pm screening on Thursday, February 4.

Con-presented by Cine+Mas SF, International Institute of the Bay Area and Refugee Transitions


With over 80 awards, including for Best Film and Best Director at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and for Best New Director at the Chicago Film Festival, La Jaula de Oro became the most internationally awarded Mexican film in history. The film swept the 56th edition of the Ariel Awards–Mexico’s national cinema honors–receiving nine awards including for Best Picture, Debut Feature, Original Screenplay, Actor (Brandon López) and supporting actor (Rodolfo Domínguez). The young ensemble cast was honored with the Un Certain Talent Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Starring an impressive cast of non-professional actors, La Jaula de Oro is the story of three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala who travel to the U.S. in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico they meet Chauk, an Indian from Chiapas who does not speak Spanish. Traveling together in cargo trains and walking on railroad tracks, they soon face a harsh reality.

An urgent and timely drama that reflects the plight of young Central American migrants as they cross Mexico in their way to search for the American dream, La Jaula de Oro is a powerful and lyrical film that presents a humane and fresh take on contemporary reality, and secures Quemada-Diez as a filmmaker to follow.

The social reality in Latin America requires cinema to be deeply engaged with the world as it is. I am interested in making films firmly rooted in our contemporary society. True realism has it all: fantasy and reason, suffering and utopia, the happiness and pain of our existence. I want to give voice to migrants – human beings who challenge a system established by impassive national and international authorities by crossing borders illegally, risking their own lives in the hope of overcoming dire poverty.-Diego Quemada-Diez


Directed by Diego Quemada-Diez. Starring Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez, Carlos Chajon. Guatemala, Mexico, Spain. 2013. In Spanish and Tzotzil with English subtitles. 102 min. DCP and HD Digital.

thomas_vintenberg_cannes_kids_awardAbout the director

Born in the Iberian Peninsula, Diego Quemada-Diez was raised in the Spanish cities of Burgos, Logroño and Barcelona, and has lived in the Americas for almost twenty years. He worked as a camera assistant in Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom (1995) and a year later in Isabel Coixet’s Things I Never Told. He studied at the American Film Institute (AFI) and his graduation short film was with the Best Cinematography Award given by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). He worked as a camera operator in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 Grams, which enabled him to work with other acclaimed filmmakers such as Fernando Meirelles, Tony Scott, Cesar Charlone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. In 2006, he directed the short film I Want to Be a Pilot, which premiered at Sundance and won more than 50 international awards. In 2010 he participated in Cannes’ Cinéfondation program, where he developed his debut feature La Jaula de Oro.










Cine+Más SF contributes to the Bay Area’s active and diverse arts scene through the Latino Film Festival, year-round programming and special events centered on Latino arts- including the visual, performance, and literary arts. The Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival showcases the work of emerging and established filmmakers from the US, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. It is a celebration of the latest work coming out of the 20+ countries with which we share a bond.

The International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) was founded in 1918. In 2 years, we will be celebrating our 100th anniversary. The Mission of IIBA is to provide high quality immigration legal services, education and civic engagement opportunities to immigrants, refugees and their families as they join and contribute to the community. IIBA has 6 offices in 5 counties in the Northern Bay Area.

Refugee Transitions is a community-based nonprofit agency serving high-need, low-income refugee, asylee, and immigrant newcomers from over 50 countries. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, RT provides education, family engagement, and community leadership services that help newcomers become self-sufficient and successful in their new communities. A key component of our work over the last 30 years has been fostering cross-cultural relationships between receiving and newcomer communities.

About Caminos Program: As a Sanctuary City, San Francisco believes all youth have the right to access public education and social services regardless of legal residency status. SFUSD upholds this city ordinance, and recognizes the complex circumstances and backgrounds of all newcomer students and families. In response to the 2013 humanitarian crisis of increased refugee minors from Mexico and Central America, SFUSD launched the program Caminos, with the mission of ensuring equitable access to education for Latino newcomer students and families through advocacy, community building, and the coordination of appropriate support services.