A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some inmates are shown taking full responsibility for their actions while trying to make the best of their present and looking forward to the future.
Positive Role Models
Los Tigres del Norte show empathy and compassion while performing and meeting with the inmates of Folsom Prison.
Violence & Scariness
Inmate testimonials discuss the violent crimes that led to their imprisonment.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to tequila in one of the songs. Inmates discuss their addictions to drugs and alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison is a documentary of the popular "norteño" band's performance in Folsom Prison. Between the songs, the documentary presents interviews with some of the inmates; they discuss the violent crimes that led to their imprisonment, as well as their addictions to drugs and alcohol. Reference to tequila in one of the songs. Through the lyrics and the testimonies, the documentary also tells the stories of immigrants crossing the border into America in the hopes of finding a better life, and the struggles they face each day. The concert coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison live album. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the performance would be enough for fans of their music, this documentary goes the extra mile by focusing on the Folsom Prison inmates. Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison shows the popular "norteño" band following in Johnny Cash's footsteps and performing for inmates. It also shows members of the band meeting with some of the inmates and learning their stories, including interviews discussing the circumstances and life choices that led to their incarceration. The song lyrics, stories of the struggles of immigrating to the United States to find a better life while facing numerous challenges and obstacles, serve to amplify these stories, while also showing a direct lineage to the songs Johnny Cash had sung in Folsom 50 years prior.
The documentary doesn't sugarcoat, romanticize, or gloss over the inmates' stories. Instead, it gives the inmates a voice to tell of their lives and backgrounds, and the circumstances that led to their imprisonment. The band shows a tremendous amount of empathy throughout the documentary, especially when meeting face-to-face with some of the inmates. Because of this, this documentary can be viewed and enjoyed by more than simply those who are fans of Los Tigres del Norte. Through the lyrics and the interviews, Los Tigres del Norte also addresses topics at the forefront of the national conversation, especially immigration.
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