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'Desierto' explores the charged emotions of immigration




Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gael Garcia Bernal in a scene from the film
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gael Garcia Bernal in a scene from the film "Desierto".
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In the race to succeed Barack Obama in the White House, immigration has become a key and heated topic.

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly talked about building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and making our neighbor to the south pay for its construction. The varied and passionate responses to his plan reveal some of the deep differences in this country about the people who try and cross the border in search of a better life here.

Those emotions are explored in the film "Desierto," which closed the Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday. The film features actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a man who takes border patrol duties into his own hands by shooting and killing a group of immigrants, one by one, as they cross the desert.

Warning: This trailer contains moments of graphic violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEt8Mhya3vI

"Desierto" was written and directed by Jonas Cuaron, who also wrote the film "Gravity." 

He joined Take Two's Alex Cohen to tell more about the film, and its uncanny timing.

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.