Directed by Matthew Newton
Three undocumented teenagers, a Dominican girl, an African boy and a Peruvian girl, are about to graduate high school in the Bronx, while working with a teacher and a lawyer to try to get their papers to stay in the USA. Forced to grow up prematurely and navigate problems most adults don't even have to face, they're really just American teenagers who want to be with their friends, fall in love, and push back against authority.
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★★★½ review by Mike D'Angelo on Letterboxd
A.V. Club review. Very much a message movie, but one that mostly prioritizes complexity over its thesis statement.
★★★½ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd
14/30 of my SXSW 2016
It was refreshing to see what many might consider as heavy handed or overblown subject matter free of cliches. The supporting cast is as strong as the leads, which is saying a whole lot. I'm grateful at the attention to detail that not many with lack of knowledge/experience about immigration would have noticed. The characters act with clear intention and the subtle performances deliever a thoughtful look at the lives of undocumented teenagers with an honest yet tasteful perspective.
★★★½ review by Joshua Sikora on Letterboxd
First film at SXSW 2016 — 'From Nowhere,' is an emotionally-charged look at three undocumented teenagers who find themselves caught between the poor choices their parents have made and a system that is blind to their potential. It’s a well-acted film, driven by really compelling performances — especially from the young actors playing the high school students. The filmmaking is standard indie fare — mostly uninspiring handheld camera work and lighting, clearly with the priority being to deliver a raw and natural experience, although this ultimately ends up feeling one-noted and contrived.
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