DIFF 2018: Day 4

Three Identical Strangers is a terrific documentary that tells a truly amazing story about triplets separated at birth who are unaware of each other’s existence until two of the brothers’ chance encounter at the age of 19 in 1980. To make the situation even more jaw-dropping, the third brother discovers the others from a national news story about what was only thought to be only a set of identical twins. Through a series of interviews with two of the brothers and other family members, it is quite clear that the triplets had an uncanny resemblance to each other despite never have known one another. For the first few years, they are inseparable as if they grew up as brothers in the same family and enjoy bachelorhood together in wild 1980s New York City. The movie becomes even more riveting with a series of remarkable twists that are not altogether happy. It is a mind-blowing movie that definitely is worth seeing just for the wild turns in such an already truly unbelievable story.

Tejano is a small budget Texas independent narrative film that tells the story of a desperate American citizen farmhand living and working near the Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas who becomes a small-time drug smuggler for Mexican drug dealers in order to pay for his sick grandfather’s medical care. He is asked to intentionally break his arm so that cocaine can be molded into a cast and easily evade American authorities. However, things go horribly awry while he is crossing the border, and he ends up on the run from the murderous Mexican cartel headed by a ruthless female leader who only wants to see him dead.

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