39th Annual Student Academy Awards Winner – Narrative Silver Medal
2012 ASC Andrew Laszlo Student Heritage Award – Honorable Mention
The Narcocorrido, a drug ballad in the Mexican folk-music tradition, mythicizes seedy border tales of the modern west: drug lords, human trafficking, arrests, betrayals, shootouts and murder.
Naija Dillion is a Yuma County Sheriff’s deputy, an outsider and minority in her community. Gravely ill, Naija robs a notorious cartel shipment in a last-ditch scramble for survival.
When the robbery spirals out of control, Naija finds herself caught up in a narcocorrido made real. Can she recognize her shared desperation with the traffickers, men with families in danger if they don’t succeed in their delivery, or will she suppress her own humanity to live?