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½ June 8, 2013
An immigration story that is honest about the very hard journey the lead characters are on but filled with humor and a sweet innocence that many other movies on this topic lack.
March 3, 2012
A lyrical, defiantly individual film that's an artistic statement laden with a sort of Woody Allen-style bravado. A good first effort.
½ May 5, 2011
Hardly ever have we seen a comedy treatment of the harrowing experience of illegal border crossing. In Cruzando, you have a heartfelt story about a father & son separated by the invisible fence, and a comedic version of "Under the Same Moon" as they try to reunite! Check it out, it's worth it!
½ February 17, 2011
Really creative and innovative way to tell a story. These guys have a ton in their future.
Super Reviewer
October 30, 2009
Over the years, stories of border crossings and immigrant dreams of a better life have become increasingly popular. But they certainly have not become a dime-a-dozen. Their messages of hope in the face of insurmountable adversity is ever-present and ever-relevant in a world where living among and toleratig people different from ourselves is the norm.

Cruzando is a film that explores the relatively sweeter side of coming to America. This is in contrast to recent fare lilke the brutally arresting Sin Nombre which explores the darker, deadlier side of the danger Central American immigrants face. In Cruzando provides a balanced look at a very specific reason for which someone would choose (or be forced) to visit the U.S.

Meme is a young man who has grown up without his father. His vague recollections of time spent with the man are just that: vague. He knows that his father left to make a better life for himself--but Meme was forgotten along the way. Flash forward a couple of decades and his father now facing execution in a Texas prison. Word get to Meme; and he is forced to make a life-changing decision.

The catch is that Meme is now facing fatherhood himself. He must decide whether witnessing the death of the man who abandoned him is more important that being present for the birth of the son he is now abandoning. What ensues is a harrowing tale determination, the will to persevere and friendship--as Meme brings his best pal Diego along for moral support (and comic relief for the audience.)

Cruzando ultimately feels a litte bit empty as it lacks a well-known cast and a broader, more epic scope. But the story itself is one that should be played intimately--and in that regard, the film succeeds briliantly. It showcases the hardships faced by the less-fortunate immigrants without implying that these are hardships which the immigrants are too cowardly to own-up to. Eventually, the man's decision is redeemed by a return to what is truly important to all of us. Home.
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