Director Rafi Pitts makes his English-language debut with Soy Nero, a timely drama about U.S. immigration policy and war in the Middle East. The film will open in theaters on September 29.
Soy Nero features a cast of rising stars including Johnny Ortiz (McFarland, USA, American Crime), Darrell Britt-Gibson (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 20th Century Women) and Aml Ameen (The Maze Running, star of Idris Elba’s upcoming directorial debut Yardie) along with veteran actors Rory Cochrane (Hostiles, Argo) and Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black).
After several failed attempts to cross the border without papers, Mexican teenager Nero (Ortiz) finally succeeds in making it back to Los Angeles. He begins to realize the difficulty of leading a regular life as an illegal immigrant so he decides to enlist in the US Army as a “Green Card Soldier”, a short cut to citizenship. Now halfway around the world, Nero guards an Iraqi border for the US Army keeping out those who pose a threat to American interests abroad.
Soy Nero is the first film to take on the story of foreign-born soldiers in the Unite States. The US has provided a path to citizenship through the military since the Vietnam War. The program works, however, some 3,000 foreign-born soldiers have been deported.