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Amir, an aspiring musician, finds himself drawn to Jeanette, a beautiful singer he meets during a night out on the town with his friends. The attraction complicates his relationship with his current girlfriend, Elizabeth, who is expecting his child. Amir will attempt to work out his feelings towards his newfound love interest, music and maturity, as adulthood forces him to make some challenging choices along the way.

  • José Paredes
  • Mickey J. Brijandez
  • Marla Arreola
  • Alvaro Zendejas
  • Iván Gómez
  • Jorge Guevara
    Key Cast
  • Tania Niebla
    Key Cast
  • Lirio Karina
    Key Cast
  • Fernando FIsher
    Key Cast
  • Paul Jimenez
    Key Cast
  • Pedro Rodman
    Key Cast
  • Jesús Padilla
    Key Cast
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  • Genres:
    Drama, Youth
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 2K
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
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  • Hola Mexico Film Festival
    Los Ángeles
    United States
    May 14, 2016
  • Houston Latino Film Festival
    United States
    April 2, 2016
    Houston Premiere
    'Best Feature Film'
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival
    San Diego
    March 14, 2016
    Regional Premiere
    Premio Corazón 'Best Frontera Film'
  • Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
    Hollywood, CA
    - Award Show Only -
    Cinematography Award
Director Biography - José Paredes

Jose Angel Paredes Rios is an independent filmmaker from Tijuana, Mexico who has made short films focused on youth drama, including "Approved Saying", "Art Abuse", "Room" and "Ashes Left".

In 2008 he made a documentary "Seventh Border" which introduces himself onto the independent film movement of the city.

In 2012 there was an advanced screening at Tijuana's Cinematheque of his first feature film, "Good Times" with young new talent like Victoria Chavez, Sergio Valdez and Marcio Moreno. Also others like Mariana Cabrera, Tania Niebla and Julio Pillado. The movie was finally finished back in 2013.

Recently, Jose finished post-production on his second feature "Amir" a youth drama about personal relationships, unwanted pregnancies, and decision making.

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Director Statement

It would've been too easy for me, working as both writer and director, to give the main character a clear solution to his problem, and it would've been easier to make the problem crystal clear to him. However, the main challenge was to put the character in such a moral and emotional dilemma that no matter what decision he would make, there would’ve been consequences.

To choose between what is right and what we want is never an easy decision, not when they’re not the same thing. I could’ve ignored the morality of the situation and have him follow his heart, or the other way around.

I found it more interesting to have the character craving both things, which are represented in two beautiful women. Neither of them are aware of what is happening in his mind, they just care for him in the most truthful and honest way possible, and want to see him happy.

I think we’ve all faced this kind of dilemma in our lives at least once, and it’s never easy to do what’s best without searching within ourselves and evaluate what will bring us peace.

That’s what this film is about, looking deep inside of our mind, our heart, our feelings, and finally do what we think it’s best. We do not always make the best decision, but we at least find the courage to make one.