A meditation in resilience and hope as seen through the eyes of a young boy, Botes Al Amanecer (Cans At Dawn) follows a family's daily ritual of dumpster diving for cans in order to subsist in urban America.
“Botes Al Amanecer” dignifies the efforts of a hard day’s work – no matter the type. For 8 year-old Ernesto, every morning begins in a cramped home next to his moody, older brother and with dicey, day-worker tenants teasing him. His day continues working alongside his loving Mom collecting cans throughout the city followed by a full day of school. Missing the support of a father, Ernesto and his family constantly tread a tight rope.
The tender care of his ‘Mama’ is ever present but the blows made to young Ernesto’s ego throughout the day blister the boy’s spirit. It is this family’s resilience which fills Ernesto with the courage to stand up to his bullies and confront his demons. Despite all odds, they maintain hope and uphold their dignity and so the quest for a better life, begins at dawn.
Film Festival screenings and awards:
“Winner” Best Film Los Angeles (All Films) Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles (2012)
Court Metrage Corner, Cannes International Film Festival (2012),
“Winner” Best Short, 9th Annual Reel Rascuache Film Festival (2012)
Official Selection, New Filmmakers Los Angeles (2012)
Official Selection, Santa Barbara International Film Festival (2012)
Official Selection, HBO N.Y. International Latino Film Festival (2012)
Director: Nikki Roberts
Screenwriter: Carlos Ibarra
Producer: Dorothy Yang, Bethany White & Carlos Ibarra
Director of Photography: Alessandro Gentile
Executive Producer: Jose Yenque
Cast: Max Weidman, Marita De La Torre & Jose Yenque
Carlos Ibarra, Yamil Urena, David Carreno, Stacy Jorgensen, Scott Blair, Kelly Anne Sweeney.
Trailer by: Steven Ray
Running Time: 17:18 minutes
Language: English and Spanish (With English subtitles)
Format: RED One
Aspect Ratio: 2.35