This film is by Arnat Escalante. Like the rest of the day-laboring migrant workers who gather together each morning on a southwestern American strip mall sidewalk, Jesus (Jesus Moises Rodriguez) and Fausto (Ruben Sosa) struggle to get ahead in El Norte. But when a callous gringo boss strands them in the middle of a community that exploits them one minute and insults them the next, the 2 young men cock their sawed off shotgun and calmly take a troubled housewife hostage in her own home. Karen (Nina Zavarin) is a strung-out and paranoid divorcee with little left to lose. Before the film reaches its shockingly violent climax, Jesus, Fausto, and Karen will have mapped out a contemporary North American wasteland.