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Paraiso Travel is a dramatic film that was written by Juan Rendon and Jorge Franco, based upon his novel. Directed by Simon Brand, the film featured Angelica Blandon, Raul Castillo and Pedro Capo. The story depicts the incredible challenges faced by those who cross the U.S. borders illegally. Women are faced with the prospect of the types of assault that every male immigrant is subjected to.

The teenaged Reina (played by Angelica Blandon) manages to convinces her boyfriend Marlon (played by Aldemar Correa) to abandon his safe life in Medellín, Colombia to go to New York City with her.

She promises to give him her virginity when they get there. They arrive in the Big Apple and set themselves up in a squalid hostel after their journey. After a misunderstanding takes place with some police outside the hostel, he goes on the run. Soon he has lost track of where he is and cannot remember what hostel he left Reina in.

He gets lost in Queens, in the Jackson Heights area. He is taken in by the owner of a Colombian restaurant, though he looks like a bum. With no idea where he is and how to get back to Reina, he decides to earn some money at the restaurant. He stays in a slummy house that a priest arranges for him.

Marlon keeps trying to get settled in New York, but it is far from easy. He moves from place to place and finally takes refuge with a slimy photographer named Roger Pena (named by John Leguizamo). He is there illegally and continually subject to police shakedowns.

Marlon still searches for Reina, but his continual battle for survival is taking its toll and most of his time. He is finally reunited with Reina, but after all that they have been through, they are not sure if it is going to be worth it.

| 2008 | 1 hr 56 min | 7.1/10
Louis Arcella, Angelica Blandon, Pedro Capo, Raúl Castillo
Simon Brand

Also directed by Simon Brand

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