, 1h38 Directed byChris Weitz OriginUSA GenresDrama ThemesFilms about immigration, La précarité ActorsDemián Bichir, Joaquín Cosío, Nancy Lenehan, Dolores Heredia, Gabriel Chavarria, Rolando Molina Roles Ramon Rating71% Carlos Galindo (Demián Bichir) works as a gardener with Blasco Martinez (Joaquín Cosio) in Los Angeles, California. Blasco wants to return to Mexico and continually tries to persuade Carlos to purchase his business from him, which includes the work truck and gardening tools. Carlos's son Luis (José Julián) is in high school and is dating Ruthie Valdez (Chelsea Rendon), the niece of a local gang leader. Luis regularly goes to her house after school where gang members congregate. Luis is embarrassed by his father and, although he does not wish to follow in his footsteps, has a hard time committing himself to his education. However, his relationship with Ruthie and his friendship with Facundo (Bobby Soto) pushes him toward becoming a gang member.
, 2h2 Directed byRichard LaGravenese OriginUSA GenresDrama, Comedy-drama, Crime ThemesFilms about education, Films about music and musicians, Films about racism, Musical films, Gangster films ActorsHilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Jaclyn Ngan, April Lee Hernández, Hunter Parrish Roles Tito Rating76% Woodrow Wilson is a formerly high-achieving school which has encountered some difficulties bearing its new racial integration plan. Gruwell's enthusiasm is challenged when she finds her class is composed of "at-risk" students, the "untouchables," and not the eager-for-college students she expected. Her students self-segregate into racial groups within the classroom. This is problematic, as gang fights break out and, consequently, most of her students stop attending class. Not only is Gruwell challenged with gaining her students' trust on personal and academic levels, but she must do so with very little support from her professional peers and district higher-ups. For example, her department head refuses to provide Gruwell with an adequate number of books for her class because she insists they will get damaged and lost. Instead, she suggests that Gruwell focuses on instilling concepts of discipline and obedience in her classroom.