Telenovela Stars Rally Behind New Immigration Comedy As Arizona Law Makes National Headlines

Top Quote Hilarious immigration comedy "Pepe and Santo vs America" arrives on DVD September 14th. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 04, 2010 - SANTA MONICA, CA. - On September 14th Xenon Pictures will release "Pepe & Santo vs America," a warm-hearted comedy about the struggles a group of Mexican immigrants face as they come to America to live their dreams. The movie stars hugely popular Telenovela stars Karyme Lozano and Rafael Amaya and arrives on DVD as Arizona's controversial immigration law makes national headlines.

    "Pepe & Santo vs America" tells the story of Pepe, a naïve south-of-the-border immigrant who comes to the U.S. to find the "Mexican Dream" of buying a new house that he can call his own. To protect him on his journey, Pepe carries with him a small figure of Santo - the Patron Saint of immigrants. However, Pepe quickly finds that America isn't as welcoming to him as he had hoped as he hustles to find work, falls in love and makes friends with an assortment of colorful immigrants who are also struggling to find their way. Pepe and his newfound friends end up forming a unique bond as they try to overcome the obstacles immigrants face hoping to find their piece of the American dream.

    "Pepe & Santo vs America" features popular Telenovela stars Karyme Lozano ("Mujeres Asesinas", "Niña Amada… Mía", "El Manantial", "Amar Sin Límites") and Rafael Amaya ("Así del Precipicio", "Salome", "The Fighter") as well as newcomer Adam Jacobo as the optimistic Pepe determined to fight the odds and find success in America.

    "Immigration is such an important and controversial topic in the United States right now." says co-star Karyme Lozano "Pepe and Santo vs America" deals with this important issue with comedy and a lot of heart."

    Written and directed by filmmaker Javier Chapa, "Pepe & Santo vs America" received glowing reviews as part of the 2009 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival and the 2009 Festival de Cine Internacional de Cine de la ciudad de Chihuahua. It won the "Audience Award" at the Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival in 2010.

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