This clever, funny and atmospheric feature is set in La Valle, on the Mexico / US border. It depicts a delicately shaded rites of passage and a deeply moving exploration of the relationship between place and personal identity. In this treatise on the paradoxes of exile and belonging a young man, Manuel, heads for the USA. However, his reasons are not stereotypical, he is seeking his estranged father, and his friend, Diego, comes along to video the journey. With its cool, knowing soundtrack and brilliant cinematography, “Cruzando” avoids all the usual clichés and presents a heartfelt account of a personal quest.