Three days have gone by since meek little Hendrix saw his mother in their unkempt home. “She is sick, you see”, as the 7-year old would say, but she is suffering an affliction, an addiction to hard drugs. Hendrix sits on his home’s gloomy stairs crying out for his mom, their neighbor and friend Ivana hears the boy’s gentle sobbing and rescues him but in doing so, sets off adversities for those who surround him.
Director of Al Otro Lado (On the Other Side), Gustavo Loza, returns with a film fitting of our times. Acapulco, Mexico sets the background for the story where love decides the perfect home for Hendrix. Ivana decides to take him to the home of her friends Jean Paul and “Chema”; a recently well off wedded gay couple who, in the brief time caring for him, grow to love Hendrix. Upon his mother’s return home, Nina does not even notice her son missing and is wakened by Ivana escorted by rehabilitation facilitators and taken away. As Hendrix questions his mother’s whereabouts, her drug-dealing boyfriend plots to pay off a narcotics pusher by selling him to a couple that recently lost their baby.
Hendrix’s endless questions about his mother, relationships and love reveal that a human helping a human in need is more than what is perceived. Home is where the heart is and Hendrix is about to find his.
Premiering at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, March 8 – 18