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San Diego-based film highlights bi-cultural relationship with Mexico

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Posted at 7:03 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 22:39:19-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A new movie set in San Diego and south of the border is hoping to bridge the cultural gap between the two countries, all using comedy.

The movie highlights the bi-cultural relationship between San Diego and Mexico.

Ruta Madre first premiered in 2017 and has since made its way around the film festival circuit winning various awards. Now, the movie is getting some major attention and even making its way to theatres around San Diego.

Although Ruta Madre has had a successful turn around the film festival circuit, the theatrical release comes at a critical time in the political relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

It also confronts the issue many Latinos in America face: self- and social-identity.

"It reflects the feeling of many Latinos, especially Mexicans, who have emigrated or were born here, but who have not they feel neither from here nor from there,” director and screenwriter Agustín Castañeda said in a 2016 interview.

The film, called Ruta Madre, follows Daniel, a young American singer who leaves his home in Chula Vista to embark on a spiritual road trip after his first love Daisy breaks his heart.

The film follows Daniel and his uncle as they travel through the Baja peninsula where he meets a colorful cast of characters that combine comedy and tenderness to help the teen discover his Mexican heritage.

Across a stunning backdrop of Mexico's vibrant landscape and rich culture, the film paints a proud image of people from both sides of the border.

"Ruta Madre conveys a strong message of love, family and is a celebration of the culture that will delight the public of each nationality, regardless of the border side they call home," said Castañeda

Watch 10News tomorrow at 6 a.m. to find out about other ties Ruta Madre has to San Diego.