Los Lobos


When director Samuel Kishi Leopo was five years old, his mother convinced him and his younger brother to journey from Mexico to Albuquerque with the promise that she'd soon take them to Disneyland. She was of course really starting them on a perilous journey of migration, with the hope of a better life, and that journey and promise form the emotional heart of Los Lobos, Kishi Leopo's moving autobiographical feature film.

Together with their mother Lucia, the brothers Max and Leo have just crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in search of a better life. But it is not easy for them to gain a foothold in their new home country. While waiting for Lucia to return from work, the kids build an imaginary universe with their drawings and think about mom's promise of "Disneyland", their land of dreams.

Told with unmatched authenticity, including powerful documentary footage mixed with fiction and playful animation (reminiscent of the Puerto-Rican coming of age masterpiece We the Animals), Kishi Leopo's film is unique and breathtaking.

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Director Bio

Samuel Kishi Leopo studied Visual Arts in Guadalajara University. We Are Mari Pepa (13) was an official selection of the Miami Film Festival. His work has been selected in more than 100 international film festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand and the Berlinale.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Samuel Kishi
  • Producer(s)
    Leticia Carrillo, Inna Payán
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Samuel Kishi, Luis Briones, Sofía Gómez-Córdova
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Octavio Arauz
  • Cast
    Martha Reyes Arias, Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Los lobos
  • Country
  • Run-Time
    95 min
  • Language
    Spanish, English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles