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Published on Oct 1, 2006
dir. Natalia Almada, 2005, Mexico / USA, 70 min.
Corridos are the "daily archives of a man's life", told through song. Natalia Almada's beautifully filmed documentary takes a multi-lateral look at cross-border narcotics and human smuggling through up-tempo Mexican corrido music. The focus of the film is Magdiel, an aspiring young composer from a small fishing village known in the Sinaloan region of Mexico known as the drug-smuggling capital of Mexico. Although Magdiel claims no part in these illicit acts, he writes and performs corridos about and even for the traffickers. Through Magdiel's songs, the film recounts the history of Chalino, the grandfather of corrido music and the cross-border success story of the Mexican corrido group "The Little Tigers from the North". For Magdiel the border separates the land of possibilities from the land of rural poverty. Despite the many dangers, his dream is to follow in the footsteps of The Little Tigers of the North and cross over 'to the other side.'