Unintended Consequences

Award-winning No Turning Back opens June 10

Published on LatinoLA: June 5, 2003

Unintended Consequences

The portrayal of illegal immigrants in the general media is overwhelmingly negative and stereotypical, perpetuated by showing only one side to the story. "No Turning Back" explores these stereotypes and gives a fresh perspective from the eyes of someone who knows.

?No Turning Back? is a powerful, thought-provoking movie that explores the social consequences of illegal immigration, a subject matter that generates heated debates all over the world, but one that has rarely been portrayed on the big screen. Inspired by true events, ?No Turning Back? exposes the human story behind these immigrants, who are considered criminals for crossing the border without a permit in an effort to provide a better future for their families.

?No Turning Back? will have a benefit premiere Tuesday, June 10th at the Laemmle Fairfax, West Hollywood, and opening in several Los Angeles theatres on June 13th.

After losing his wife and house to a hurricane in Honduras, Pablo (Jesus Nebot) illegally immigrates to the United States in an attempt to offer a better future for his five-year-old daughter Cristina (Chelsea Rendon). It's his daughter?s birthday, and he borrows his boss' truck to surprise her at school.

On his way, he swerves his car to avoid hitting a dog in the road and loses control, resulting in a tragic accident. He has no license, is an illegal immigrant, and has injured a little girl. If he waits for the authorities to arrive, this accident could cost him what he values most: His daughter and the betterment of her life. Torn between his gilt over what he has done, yet determined that his daughter doesn't become another victim of his tragic destiny, Pablo takes Cristina on the run and leads the police on a frantic pursuit from which there is no turning back.

?No Turning Back? questions the concept of the "American Dream" as well as the movie goers capacity to judge what is right and what is wrong. Co-written and co-directed by its star, Jesus Nebot, along with Julia Montejo, the film portrays an event which could happen to anyone and the moral dilemma that follows.

Through its characters, the film presents the audience the cultural, racial and ethnic diversity so prominently present in Southern California, one which is slowly becoming a reality in the rest of the world. It brings to the audience?s attention the importance of having respect and appreciation for other cultures and points of view in order to build a society in which we can all live peacefully.

?I am committed to making movies that- beyond entertaining- have something to say,? affirms Jesus Nebot. ?Movies that, at some level, can contribute to enrich the human spirit?

"No Turning Back" has received 17 best picture awards on the international film festival circuit. Among them is the 2002 ALMA award as Outstanding Independent Motion Picture, the most prestigious award for any Latino film produced in the United States.

The film opens theatrically in Los Angeles on June 13th via Zenpix and Innovation Film Group.

The Premiere of ?No Turning Back? will be a charity benefit for Padres Contra el Cancer (Parents against cancer) under the sponsorship of LBA (Latin Business Association), NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), and Total Axis. The event will take place Tuesday June 10th at 6:30PM at the Fairfax Laemmle Theatres.

An after party will be hosted by the Conga Room http://www.congaroom.com. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.1888EVENTOS.com or by phone at 1-888EVENTOS.

For more information and to view the movie trailer visit http://www.noturningback.com.

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