Coming Tuesday, September 26, 2017, KXLU Los Angeles proudly presents Center Stage with Mark Gordon featuring special guest award-winning filmmaker Rafi Pitts. He will be in studio talking about his latest film SOY NERO, which shines a light on the plight of the ‘green card soldier’ in America. SOY NERO opens theatrically on September 29, 2017
SOY NERO follows the story of Nero Maldonado, an undocumented teenager raised in South Central Los Angeles. After several failed attempts to cross the border without papers, he finally succeeds. Once back in Los Angeles, he realizes the difficulty of leading a regular life as an illegal immigrant. Nero enlists in the US Army as a “Green Card Soldier,” with the hope of a shortcut to citizenship. Soon he is halfway around the world fighting for the United States Army to obtain his citizenship. Nero must survive the unforgiving Middle East desert, and face the harsh reality of being a green card soldier for the United States Army.
Center Stage with Mark Gordon airs Tuesdays at 7 PM (PST) on KXLU Los Angeles, 88.9 FM. If you are outside Los Angeles, click here to listen to the live internet stream.
About Rafi Pitts
Rafi Pitts’ films have attained acclaim and awards around the globe. Pitts’ first feature, The Fifth Season (1997), premiered at the Venice Film Festival. His second, Sanam (2000) was hailed by French critics and compared to The 400 Blows (1959). In 2003, Pitts presented his controversial feature documentary, Cinéma, de Notre temps: Abel Ferrara: Not Guilty (2003) in the Official Selection of the Locarno Film Festival. It’s Winter (2006) premiered in the Berlin Competition, and one year later, the Seattle International Film Festival honored Pitts with the Emerging Masters Award for his work. In 2010, Pitts’ fifth feature The Hunter (2010) garnered a nomination for the Berlin Golden Bear as well as Best Actor for his performance in the leading role. In 2012 Ben Affleck invited Pitts to join him as an actor as well as his consultant on the feature film Argo (2012), which went on to win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture the following year.