The Latino Experience

S2021 E2 | FULL EPISODE

Episode 2

A young girl makes an image-altering decision. A Guatemalan truck driver and pastor copes with the pandemic. A mystical mechanic helps a boy fix his mother's car. A pregnant MBA student's due date and exam date conflict, forcing her to make a choice.

AIRED: July 13, 2021 | 0:55:47
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ANNOUNCER: PBS IS PROUD TO PRESENT

"THE LATINO EXPERIENCE," A SPECIAL COLLECTION

OF SHORT FILMS FROM A VISIONARY GROUP

OF FILMMAKERS.

FROM INTIMATE FAMILY DRAMAS...

THAT'S A PROMISE.

TO THOUGHT-PROVOKING DOCUMENTARIES,

WITNESS THE STORIES, THE STRUGGLES,

THE CELEBRATIONS.

13 SHORT FILMS THAT HIGHLIGHT THE RICH AND DIVERSE WORLD

OF THE LATINO EXPERIENCE.

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

[BELL RINGING]

[MOZART'S "EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK" PLAYS ON SOUNDTRACK]

[WHISTLE BLOWS]

[KIDS SHOUTING AT ONCE]

[SHOUTING FADES]

[MOZART'S "EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK" RESUMES]

["EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK" ENDS]

[BELL RINGS, DOOR OPENS, THEN SHUTS]

[MAN SINGING IN SPANISH ON RADIO]

ELIZABETH: I WANT--

WOMAN: BANGS? BANGS.

[WOMEN LAUGHING]

[WOMAN SINGING IN SPANISH ON SOUNDTRACK]

[BELL RINGS, DOOR OPENS AND SHUTS]

[ALL SPEAKING AT ONCE]

MAMI, MAMI, MAMI...

MAMI, MAMI?

MAMI? MAMI...

ELIZABETH: MAMI? MAMI? MAMI...

I WAS CALLING YOU. YOU DON'T LISTEN.

I DON'T CARE.

[DOOR OPENS, BELL RINGS]

HI.

[SIGHS]

[ANA SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

HELLO, MS. MORGAN.

ANA. ELIZABETH,

I WASN'T EXPECTING TO SEE YOU BACK SO SOON.

I KNOW, BUT I DON'T WANT HER TO MISS CLASS FOR THIS.

NO. OF COURSE NOT. IT'S JUST...

WELL, SOME OF THE PARENTS.

THEY'RE A LITTLE CONCERNED

ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE CLASS.

SHE WAS RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.

I'M SORRY. I PROMISE SHE WILL NEVER DO THIS AGAIN, RIGHT?

I MAKE IT WAIT-- A TIME-OUT

THE WHOLE TIME THAT I'M MAKING A FLAN FOR YOU.

WELL, WE JUST CAN'T HAVE THIS TYPE OF BEHA-- DID YOU SAY "FLAN"?

SORRY, MS. MORGAN.

I PROMISE TO NOT CUT MY HAIR AGAIN.

OR RUN AROUND WITH SCISSORS

OR SCARE THE OTHERS?

[CHUCKLES] WELL, ALL RIGHT, THEN.

LET'S NOT WASTE ANY MORE TIME.

COME ON. LET'S GET YOU SEATED.

WHAT HAPPENED TO HER HAIR?

MS. MORGAN: GOOD MORNING. WELL, PLEASE SETTLE DOWN.

ALL RIGHT? AND LET'S WELCOME ELIZABETH BACK TO CLASS TODAY.

EVERYBODY?

KIDS, UNENTHUSIASTICALLY: WELCOME, ELIZABETH.

WELCOME BACK, ELIZABETH.

GO AHEAD AND TAKE YOUR SEAT.

MORGAN: CLASS? OK.

CLASS, THIS MORNING,

WE'RE GOING TO DO A COLLABORATIVE ART LESSON.

YAY! AND IN ORDER FOR THAT TO HAPPEN,

YOU'RE GOING TO NEED TO FORM GROUPS OF 2 OR MORE, OK?

SO I WANT EVERYBODY TO GET UP,

AND I WANT YOU TO FORM GROUPS OF 2 OR MORE.

MS. MORGAN: YOU JUST GO OVER HERE.

[DRAWING]

[SNIFFLING]

[KIDS SPEAKING AT ONCE]

MS. MORGAN: CLASS, IN 5 MINUTES, WE ARE GOING TO FEATURE

AND SHARE OUR DRAWINGS...

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

HI. I'M TINA.

HI. I'M ELIZABETH.

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

YOU DO?

HELLO! YOU'RE FAMOUS.

[CHUCKLES]

[BOTH LAUGHING]

MS. MORGAN: I LOVE IT.

AND IT'S A PERSON.

OH! LOTS OF ACTIVITY.

OK. COLORS.

OH. IT IS. I LIKE THE--

PUT MORE COLOR IN.

YOU CAN SATURATE EVEN MORE.

EVEN MORE.

AND I LOVE THE PINK BRAIDS.

VERY NICE.

KID: IT'S A VERY NICE DOG.

UH-HUH.

NICE. NICE. IS THAT A SELF-PORTRAIT? NICE.

I MADE IT IN PINK.

YOU DID. AND IT'S VERY NICE. I REALLY LIKE IT. YOU DID.

KID: I LIKE YOUR DRESS.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

["EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK" PLAYING ON SOUNDTRACK]

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

AMEN.

OK. BYE.

[CAR DOOR SHUTS]

REPORTER: THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY HAS TAKEN

AN UNEVEN HIT FROM THE PANDEMIC.

DRIVERS WHO HAUL FUEL OR CARRY PARTS TO FACTORIES

HAVE SEEN DEMAND PLUMMET,

BUT THOSE WHO TRANSPORT FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES

ARE BUSIER THAN EVER.

FOR TRUCKERS STILL AT WORK, IT MEANS LONG HOURS

AND A WORLD THAT HAS SUDDENLY BECOME FAR LESS WELCOMING...

REPORTER 2: TRUCKERS MOVE 71% OF ALL DOMESTIC FREIGHT

AND VIRTUALLY ALL CONSUMER GOODS.

THEY ARE ESSENTIAL WORKERS, ESPECIALLY NOW.

MAN ON RADIO: ...GONNA HAVE A MUCH GREATER LIKELIHOOD

OF BEING EXPOSED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.

[VEHICLE IN REVERSE WARNING BEEPS]

[MUSIC PLAYING]

WOMAN ON RADIO: PRETTY BIG NEWS OUT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

THE GOVERNOR THERE JUST ANNOUNCING THAT CALIFORNIA IS

NOW CLOSING INDOOR OPERATIONS.

THEY LIED. BECAUSE OF A SURGE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES...

REPORTER: ...HOUSES OF WORSHIP WERE ALSO INCLUDED

ON NEWSOM'S LIST OF CLOSURES.

REPORTER 2: ...PLACES OF WORSHIP, HAIR SALONS,

BARBERSHOPS, AND MALLS MUST CLOSE THEIR INDOOR OPERATIONS

BY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

[CONGREGATION SINGING]

MAN: AND WHEN THE CHURCH WAS CLOSED NOW IN THE PANDEMIC,

IT WAS HARD, IT WAS VERY HARD,

BECAUSE SUDDENLY, YOU START FEELING COLD.

YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE AWAY FROM GOD.

WE GOT COVID IN THE HOUSE.

EVEN THOUGH I WAS ASYMPTOMATIC, IT WAS VERY HARD

BECAUSE HE ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL.

AND, REALLY, IT WAS OUR FAITH AND PRAYER.

EMMA AND EDWIN WERE THERE, LIKE, EVERY DAY PRAYING.

IT'S OUR FAITH THAT KEEPS US GOING,

ESPECIALLY DURING TIMES LIKE THIS RIGHT NOW

WITH THE PANDEMIC.

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

[SOUND OF ENGINE TURNING ON]

[SOUND OF TIRES SCREECHING]

[SOUND OF CAR ACCELERATING]

[SOUND OF LOUD CLANK]

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING HIM.

CLARO QUE SÍ.

YOU ARE MY ONLY DAUGHTER.

HE IS MY ONLY GRANDSON.

AND YOU ARE MY ONLY MOTHER.

CAN YOU HELP ME WITH THIS GARBAGE?

MOM, I'M MID-RACE.

FINE. GIVE ME A KISS.

[GROANS]

WHAT IF I GET ABDUCTED BY ALIENS

AND YOU NEVER SEE ME AGAIN?

LOVE YOU.

LOVE YOU, TOO, PAPITO. BE GOOD FOR ABUELA.

WAIT! CAN YOU GET ME BREAKFAST WAFFLES,

THE REAL BRAND?

WHICHEVER BRAND IS ON SALE.

BYE, MAMI.

TE QUIERO, MIJA.

[DOOR SHUTS]

WHY DON'T YOU TAKE A BREAK FROM THAT NOISE

AND PLAY A GAME WITH ME?

CAN'T.

OF COURSE YOU CAN. I'LL TEACH YOU.

I ALMOST MADE THIS LEVEL, GRANDMA!

[DOOR SQUEAKS]

[DOOR SLAMS]

¿QUÉ TE PASA, MIJA?

MY CAR WON'T START.

DID YOU JIGGLE THE THINGY?

YES.

-DID YOU FILL UP THE TANK? -YESTERDAY.

DID YOU TRY TURNING IT OFF AND TURNING IT BACK ON?

AY, MA.

DOES THIS MEAN NO WAFFLES?

NO DINNER.

WHAT?!

IT'S A 20-MINUTE WALK JUST TO THE BUS, PAPITO.

I'LL MAKE SOME RICE AND BEANS.

AGAIN?! I'LL STARVE TO DEATH.

I'LL MAKE SURE IT'S A GORGEOUS FUNERAL.

GRANDMA!

VEN. COME HERE.

[MOANS]

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY THIS HAPPENED?

WELL, I CAN SHOW YOU

BETTER THAN I CAN TELL YOU.

THIS IS LA DAMA, YOUR MAMI.

AND THAT IS LA PERA.

THAT'S YOU.

AND HERE IS LA CORONA, FOR THE QUEEN.

THAT'S ME.

YOU SEE US ON THOSE POKÉMON CARDS?

WHOA. I CAN SEE A LOT OF THINGS.

AND THESE GO BACK A LOT FARTHER

THAN YOUR CARTOONS.

DO THESE CARDS HAVE POWERS?

OH, YEAH.

WHAT KIND OF POWERS?

WOULD YOU LET ME FINISH?

NOW, THEY SAY THAT LA PERA--THAT'S YOU--

EL QUE ESPERA DESESPERA,

MEANING "HE WHO WAITS DESPAIRS."

YOU LEFT ME WAITING,

AND NOW YOUR MAMI'S CAR IS BROKEN. SEE?

LA ESCALERA, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PILE.

WHY IS THE CAR A LADDER?

I DON'T MAKE THE CARDS, KID. I JUST READ 'EM.

AND IT SAYS RIGHT HERE THAT YOU MADE THE CAR BREAK DOWN.

I DIDN'T MEAN TO.

NOW, THERE IS A WAY TO MAKE UP FOR IT,

MY LITTLE SHRIMP.

I THOUGHT I WAS THE PEAR.

BOTH WORK. TRUST ME.

GRANDMA, WHAT DO I DO?

[SIGHS]

COME HERE.

SEE GUADALUPE?

I CARRY HER CLOSE TO MY HEART

SO THAT SHE ALWAYS WATCHES OVER US.

IF YOU TAKE THE TIME

TO PUT DOWN YOUR CONTROLLER THINGY

AND PRAY TO GUADALUPE, SHE WILL HELP YOU.

THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO DO TO GET SOME WAFFLES?

AND BE GOOD TO YOUR MAMI.

IT'S GOING TO BE A HARD WEEK.

THE RICE IS ON. GIVE HIM A PLATE WHEN IT'S READY.

I'M GOING TO BED.

BUT IT'S SO EARLY.

IT'S GONNA TAKE ME 2 HOURS TO GET TO WORK TOMORROW.

IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR ME TO WAKE UP.

I CAN'T BE LATE. I CAN'T LOSE THIS JOB.

¿MS. GUADALUPE? ¿SEÑORA?

UM, I'VE NEVER REALLY DONE THIS BEFORE.

I MEAN, I TALK TO THE BIG GUY IN CHURCH.

BUT I'D REALLY APPRECIATE IT

IF YOU COULD FIX MY MOM'S CAR.

I DON'T EVEN NEED THE WAFFLES.

IT'S JUST SHE WORKS REALLY HARD,

AND SHE REALLY NEEDS A CAR TO GET TO WORK.

OH, UH, PLEASE. OK. THANKS. BYE.

[KISS]

[STOMACH GROWLS]

GRANDMA!

IT'S YOU, MS. GUADALUPE. IT'S YOU!

HA HA. YOU CAN JUST CALL ME LUPE.

I GET IT. KEEPING A LOW PROFILE.

CAN I HELP YOU, LITTLE MAN?

WELL, YEAH, ACTUALLY. I LOST MY DOLLAR.

MY MOM'S CAR!

IS THIS YOUR MOM'S CAR?

NO. IT'S STUCK AT MY HOUSE.

WE BROKE IT.

AND MY MOM REALLY NEEDS IT TO GET TO WORK

AND TO DO THE GROCERIES

AND A LOT OF THINGS, I GUESS.

YOU BROKE THE CAR?

YEAH, I WAS A PEAR OR A SHRIMP,

WHEN MY GRANDMA WANTED TO TEACH ME LOTERÍA.

SO IT BROKE BECAUSE OF ME.

I SEE.

YEAH. SO IF YOU COULD FIX IT,

I'D REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

I PROMISE I'LL PLAY LESS VIDEO GAMES,

AND I WON'T ASK FOR THE NAME-BRAND WAFFLES ANYMORE.

I GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO HERE TODAY.

PLEASE, MS. LUPE?

I KEPT YOU CLOSE TO MY HEART,

JUST LIKE MY ABUELA SAID.

WELL, AS CLOSE AS I COULD GET WITHOUT A BRA.

IF YOU CAN HELP GET ME OUT EARLY,

I'LL TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR MOM'S CAR.

AN EXCHANGE OF GOODS FOR SERVICES

JUST LIKE THE TOOTH FAIRY!

DEAL.

YOU'RE A REAL LIFESAVER, MS. LUPE.

I DON'T THINK I COULD GO ANOTHER WEEK WITHOUT WAFFLES.

TELL THE GUY AT THE GATE YOU'RE THERE FOR LUPE.

HE'LL KNOW WHAT IT MEANS. BE BACK BY 3:00?

HEY, IN CASE YOU NEED THIS.

[GASPS]

[CHUCKLES]

[INHALES DEEPLY]

I'M HERE FOR--

I KNOW WHAT YOU BEEN UP TO.

LIKE SANTA? YOU DON'T THINK HE'LL

HOLD THE CAR THING AGAINST ME, DO YOU?

NEVER MET HIM. HEAD TO THE BACK.

YOU'LL KNOW WHEN YOU SEE IT.

[BARKING]

[GROWLING SOFTLY]

[SNIFFING]

[WHIMPERING]

[INHALES AND EXHALES]

[MOANS]

[SIGHS]

[SOBBING SOFTLY]

GET IN, KID.

WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

IT'S A LONG STORY.

[CHUCKLES]

KID: I HAD A CHURRO, AND HE WAS HUNGRY.

AND I WAS HUNGRY, TOO, BUT I STILL GAVE IT TO HIM,

AND THEN I GOT THE PIECE!

I NEVER KNEW GIRLS COULD FIX CARS.

YOU EVER FIX A CAR BEFORE TODAY?

ONLY IN MY VIDEO GAME,

BUT THAT'S JUST RESTARTING THE LEVEL,

SO I DON'T THINK IT COUNTS.

NOW YOU CAN FIX ONE IN REAL LIFE, TOO.

AREN'T YOU GLAD A WOMAN SHOWED YOU HOW?

YOU'D REALLY LIKE MY ABUELA.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU'RE GONNA BE OK?

I CAN TAKE IT FROM HERE.

GLAD YOU GOT IT COVERED.

CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION?

GO FOR IT.

NOW, THAT I'M OUT OF BABY TEETH,

DO YOU THINK I'LL EVER GET

ANOTHER VISIT FROM THE TOOTH FAIRY?

HEH. ME AND THE TOOTH FAIRY

DON'T REALLY RIDE IN THE SAME CIRCLES.

YOU'LL HAVE TO ASK HIM.

YOU THINK I'LL GET TO?

HA HA. IT WAS GOOD WORKING WITH YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, MS. LUPE.

[CHUCKLES]

WAIT. MS. LUPE, WHAT WAS THAT PIECE FOR?

IT WAS FOR YOU.

I USED IT TO FIX YOUR MOM'S CAR.

[GASPS]

BYE! THANK YOU.

I TOOK CARE OF THE CAR.

WHAT?

TRY IT.

ABUELA WAS RIGHT.

I PUT DOWN THE VIDEO GAMES AND TRIED SOMETHING NEW.

AND I ALSO LISTENED TO A GIRL--WOMAN.

AND I WASN'T GREEDY.

ABUELA IS RIGHT A LOT.

LEARNING ALL THAT FIXED THE CAR?

IF ONLY IT WERE SO EASY FOR ME TO GET A RAISE.

NOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAKE UP SO EARLY

AND WALK SO FAR.

AND WE CAN GET WAFFLES, THE GOOD KIND.

CAN WE PICK UP ABUELA ON THE WAY?

I WANT TO TEACH HER ABOUT

FINDING COUPONS IN THE SUPERMARKET.

I THINK SHE ALREADY KNOWS THAT ONE.

YEAH, SHE'S GONNA LOVE IT.

BY THE WAY, CAN WE GET A DOG?

ONE THING AT A TIME.

YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT HAPPENED.

YOUR MOVE, LUPE.

THE KID PASSED YOUR TESTS.

YOU THINK HE'S READY FOR WHAT'S COMING?

[CHUCKLES]

HE WILL BE.

[LAUGHING]

[PROJECTOR CLICKING]

[SPITS]

MAN: THE FIRM ALSO HAS A DEBT-TO-CAPITAL RATIO OF 10%,

EBITDA OF 0.8,

AND A COST OF BORROWING OF 7.5%.

THE FIRM HAS NO NET CAPITAL EXPENDITURE

OR WORKING CAPITAL MEANS.

THE T-BOND RATE IS 7%.

I'M ASKING YOU TO A--ESTIMATE THE VALUE OF THE SALES RATIO

FOR CEPHALON, INC.;

B--YOU BELIEVE THAT IF THE CURRENT MANAGEMENT IS REPLACED,

YOU CAN INCREASE THE FREE TAX OPERATING MARGIN TO 7%

AND THAT YOU WILL INCREASE THE DEBT-TO-CAPITAL RATIO TO--

WOMAN: THERE HAS TO BE A BATHROOM AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE.

THANK GOD.

[MUSIC PLAYING ON SOUNDTRACK]

[MUSIC STOPS]

I'D LIKE TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THE FINAL EXAM

TOTALS 5 HOURS.

NEEDLESS TO SAY, YOU MAY NOT LEAVE THE ROOM FOR ANY REASON

THAT COULD CAUSE AN OCCASION FOR CHEATING.

AND I WILL NOT TOLERATE ANYTHING EXCEPT THE HIGHEST STANDARDS

OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE.

CLASS IS DISMISSED EARLY TODAY SO THAT YOU MAY ALL STUDY.

PROFESSOR: MRS. GUZMAN?

GUZMAN, VOICE-OVER: THEN HE MAKES ME

WALK TO THE FRONT OF THE ROOM TO TELL ME I'M DIFFERENT,

AS IF THAT WEREN'T ALREADY OBVIOUS.

MAN: DIFFERENT 'CAUSE YOU'RE EXCEPTIONAL.

HE DIDN'T MEAN IT LIKE THAT.

WANT TO SPLIT IT?

[MUSIC PLAYING ON RADIO]

WOMAN: OF COURSE, YOU TAKE ON ALL THOSE STUDENT LOANS

TO PAY FOR THAT SCHOOL.

MOM, YOU CAN GO TO THE BATHROOM.

JUST THIS IS A ROUGH WEEK.

[CLEARS THROAT, METAL OBJECT DROPS ON STAIRS]

MOM, I'M FINE.

THAT BABY'S COMING.

YEAH, IN A FEW WEEKS.

MAN: BABE, MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO YOUR PROFESSOR

ABOUT A DIFFERENT EXAM DAY JUST IN CASE.

I ALREADY DID, WEEKS AGO.

HE SAID IT WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO OFFER SPECIAL TREATMENT

FOR MY CHOICES.

SO WHAT IF THE BABY COMES AND YOU CAN'T MAKE IT?

DO YOU JUST FAIL AND HAVE TO RETAKE IT?

WHAT ABOUT JOB PLACEMENT?

AND WHO PAYS TO RETAKE THE COURSE?

I'LL ASK AGAIN.

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

SIR, IF I GO INTO LABOR BEFORE THE EXAM,

I'M GOING TO BE EXHAUSTED FOR WEEKS,

NOT TO MENTION SORE, IN PAIN, LACTATING, BLEEDING.

IN SHORT, I DON'T KNOW HOW I'LL FOCUS,

MUCH LESS DO MY BEST.

MRS. GUZMAN, I WILL NOT PERMIT YOU

TO BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO SPECIAL TREATMENT NOW

BECAUSE, FRANKLY, IT WON'T BE THERE FOR YOU

IN THE REAL WORLD.

EXCUSE ME.

IN THE REAL WORLD,

IT WON'T MATTER WHETHER YOU'RE TIRED OR SORE.

YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO SHOW UP AND COMPETE

LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.

NO, LEARN THIS NOW.

BUT THIS ISN'T THE SAME THING.

SORRY. WE NEED TO START CLASS.

PROFESSOR: AS MANY OF YOU KNOW,

I CONSULT FOR MERRILL LYNCH.

YESTERDAY, I GOT A CALL FROM MY COLLEAGUES.

THEY WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND TWO SPOTS

TO NEXT YEAR'S TEAM OF ANALYSTS

TO THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS IN THIS GROUP.

PROFESSOR: YES?

MAN: HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE THE BRIGHTEST STUDENTS?

PROFESSOR: WELL, IN THE SPIRIT OF EQUITY,

I BELIEVE THE FAIREST ASSESSMENT IS...

THE EXAM.

[TAP]

[TAP TAP]

JOSÉ, PLEASE! MAMI NEEDS TO STUDY.

HEY. LET'S GO OUTSIDE.

WHY IS ANDREW SLEEPING ON THE COUCH?

DID YOU GUYS HAVE A FIGHT?

NO. MY BACK HURT TOO MUCH TO WORK AT THE TABLE,

AND HE WAS TIRED.

HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO BE A GOOD WIFE

AND A MOTHER WITH A SCHEDULE LIKE THIS?

I DON'T KNOW, MOM. I JUST WILL.

YOU COULD BE A BOOKKEEPER, HAVE GOOD HOURS,

MAKE A GOOD INCOME.

YOU AND ANDREW COULD OWN YOUR OWN HOME.

BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE

THE NEIGHBORHOOD BOOKKEEPER, MOM.

NO. I WANT MORE.

[CHUCKLES] I WANT TO GIVE MY KIDS

THINGS I HAVE NEVER HAD, LIKE SWIM LESSONS,

SAT PREP.

YOUR FATHER AND I MADE SURE YOU HAD

A PRESSED UNIFORM EVERY DAY,

A NEW DRESS FOR EASTER EVERY YEAR...

I KNOW, MOM.

TO PAY FOR YOUR PRIVATE SCHOOL,

I NEVER WENT BACK TO MONTERREY A VER A MI MADRE.

HASTA QUE ELLA MURIÓ.

POR QUÉ ESO NO ES SUFICIENTE PARA TÍ?

I KNOW, MAMA. AND THANK YOU.

[SCOFFS]

BUT DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH BETTER OUR LIVES COULD BE

WITH MORE MONEY?

AND MAYBE YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO WORK,

OR WE COULD MOVE.

OUR WHOLE FAMILY WOULD HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES.

THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO FOR US.

INGRATA.

MOM, DON'T SAY THAT.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA THE SACRIFICES THAT

I HAVE MADE FOR YOU.

I'M MAKING SACRIFICES, TOO.

ANDREW!

¿QUÉ ESTÁS HACIENDO?

WE'RE GOING TO THE LIBRARY.

I CAN'T STUDY LIKE THIS.

AUNT VERA, CAN YOU WATCH JOSÉ?

[THUD]

VALENTINA, GET DOWN.

IF YOU NEED SOMETHING, JUST--

I GOT IT.

[SIGHS]

SINGER: ♪ AND NOW THE WINTER COMES

♪ I'M COLD AND TIRED

♪ I'VE BEEN THINKING OF ALL THE THINGS ♪

♪ THAT KEEP ME WARM, YEAH

♪ KEEP ME WARM

SINGER: ♪ HOLD ME TILL THE SUN GOES DOWN ♪

♪ TILL THE END OF TIME... ♪

VAL, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS]

PROFESSOR HOLTZ, I NEED TO TAKE

A FEW BREAKS DURING THE EXAM TO FEED MY CHILD.

MAY I PLEASE BE EXCUSED?

NO ONE MAY LEAVE THE CLASSROOM

UNTIL THEIR EXAM IS FINISHED.

SIR, I HAVE A BABY

WHO NEEDS TO BREASTFEED EVERY 1 1/2 HOURS.

THIS IS A 5-HOUR EXAM.

I NEED TO TAKE THIS EXAM,

AND I NEED TO FEED HER,

SO I'M ASKING YOU ONLY AS A COURTESY.

FINE. UM...

BUT I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANY EXTRA TIME.

[EXHALES]

HE'S GIVING ME THE TEST IN SECTIONS SO I DON'T CHEAT.

HMM.

[EXHALES]

YOU MAY COMMENCE.

WHEN YOU RETURN.

YOU CAN.

[BABY CRYING]

MAN: THIS ISN'T A NURSERY.

[SCOFFS]

ANDREW: FORGET ABOUT HIM.

VALENTINA, IT'S WRONG.

YOU'RE REALLY STRONG...

[CONTINUES, INDISTINCT]

SINGER: ♪ ...COLD AND TIRED

♪ THINKING OF ALL THE THINGS

♪ THAT MAKE ME WARM, YEAH

♪ HOLD ME TILL THE SUN GOES DOWN TILL THE END OF TIME ♪

[OVERLAPPING VOCALS]

I CAN DO THIS.

[INDISTINCT CONVERSATION]

[DOOR SHUTS]

TIME'S UP.

[SOBBING SOFTLY]

WHERE IS SHE?

COME ON, JOSÉ.

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