A Mexican man and his family crouch down in the bushes by the Mexico-US Border sometime in 2018. The mother (Judy Reyes) holds her baby and reaches her arm around to comfort her 12-year-old son. The baby cries. A Border Patrol agent pulls the father out of the bushes. Several other agent lead the family to the vans. An agent wrangles the baby out of the mother’s arm. The 12-year-old son tells the agent to stop. The 12-year-old presses his hand against the window of the van, watching as his mother sob as she is carried away.
In California, a white mother carries a birthday cake to her 10-year-old son. He pauses and blows out the candles. He sits to his dad and eat cake together. In the kitchen, he and his cousins play with some balloons. His father puts his hat on him. He holds up the Nazi eagle. On the stairs, he watches his father ties his laces by an American flag. He imitates his father.
The 12-year-old boy rides the bus. It stops at a detention center, where a border patrol agent makes a call. He steps off the bus and walks into one of the cages. The children sit silently. They fold the foil around one another. A little girl takes a paper cup and waits for water. The 12-year-old boy helps a little boy with a cut on his arm.
He gets out of a van and walks with a social worker to meet his new family. His adopted mother gives him a hug. In the evening, he erases a word on his homework. Every so often, he glances at the photo of his family.
In 2025, the 10-year-old boy, now in high school, draws Nazi symbols in his notebook in class. He taunts a young woman, a Mexican in his class. The 12-year-old boy, now a senior in high school, talks to one of his teachers (Luis Guzman) between classes. The teacher hugs him. His family takes photos of him in his cap and gown in front of the house.
Logic and Ryan Tedder rap by a tree near the high school.
The Caucasian boy greets his friends at the white supremacist meeting. A fortysomething man tells him “it’s our country, it’s our land. We stole it fair and square” and slaps him on the shoulders. He joins the group chant, gripping his fist and responding with “white pride.”
In 2034, the Caucasian boy, now in his late 30s, walks to a bar. They clink their jugs of beer of together. The Mexican boy, who is in now in his 40s, takes notes during a medical conference. Back at the bar, a friend of his chokes an African-American man. he takes out his knife to help. However, another person holds him back and the knife stabs him in the stomach. His friends drag him to the emergency room.
On the operating table, the Mexican man (Michael Pena), recognises the Nazi eagle tattoo as he brushes blood away on fortysomething man’s stomach. The Mexican man assures him “it’s okay, man” and continues with the operation.
The Mexican man folds his arms as he stares at the family photo of his biological parents and siblings. His wife pats him on the back and kisses him. The man sobs. There was not a day that goes by in which he doesn’t think about his parents and baby sister. His parents would be proud of him. He looks up to heaven and says a silent prayer. From the news articles he read about the 2018 period, his parents were likely deported back to Mexico and killed.
At night, he dreams of his parents knocking on his door and telling him they missed him. They would invite him to see his little sister, who now has a family of her own. He’d introduce them to his wife and children. They’d say they were able to return a year later after the Blue Wave. He hangs the photo back up on the refrigerator and goes to bed.
The Caucasian man flinches in his hospital bed as a Latina nurse replaces his IV. A Mexican surgeon checks on him and says he was fortunate to survive. The Caucasian man gulps as the surgeon inspects his wound and tells him he’s healing. His eyes harden and he demands the doctor to get away from him. He spouts a racial slur. Several nurses race to room to subdue him. He accuses them of poisoning him. The Caucasian man’s son comes into the room and thanks the Latina nurse and hugs the surgeon for saving his daddy’s life.
Director: Andrew Hines Year: 2018