WINNER BEST FILM AND BEST ACTOR (ARI LOPEZ) 2023 MAMMOTH FILM FESTIVAL
Inspired by the 1995 El Monte California Sweatshop raid, BONDED follows the journey of a young Mexican boy whose dreams of becoming a soccer star are shattered when he’s smuggled across the border and sold to a sweatshop making fast fashion in downtown Los Angeles. At first, he integrates with the others, keeping his head down and adhering to the 18-hour workdays dictated by his captors. However, upon investigating the disappearance of a young girl, it becomes clear to Jesus that his only way out is to escape.
Written and directed by Mohit Ramchandani
Starring Diego Calva, Paulina Gaitan, Jason Patric, Alfredo Castro
Produced by Matthew Diezel, Adina Galupa, Jon Graham, Rufus Parker, Mohit Ramchandani, Kyle Stroud
Executive producers: Yalitza Aparicio, Luis Mandoki, Ekaterina Baker, Luke Daniels, Phin Glynn, Axel Kuschevatzky, Tai Lopez, Sukhi Pabla, Anita Parker, Shaun Sanghani, Martin Sprock