Directed by Eric Eason
  • United States / 
  • 2002 / 
  • English & Spanish with English subtitles / 
  • 77 min
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"Mr. Eason, using a hand-held camera and a largely new or nonprofessional cast, brilliantly captures the pulse of daily life in working-class, immigrant New York."
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"Storytelling at its very best!"
– Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
"Eason's warm regard for his gutter-mouthed characters and Franky G.'s boisterous debut performance make for an unusually impassioned indie."
– Mark Holcomb, The Village Voice


Junior Moreno, an ex-convict struggling to get his life back, is a product of that legacy. His brother Manny, the salutatorian of his high school class, embodies hope in the neighborhood. On the night of his graduation party, Manny faces an ill-fated decision that could change his life forever, while Junior tries to prevent his little brother from becoming another casualty. With gritty, luminescent cinematography and unflinching portrayals of characters that embody the heart and soul of the neighborhood, writer/director Eric Eason brings us an electrifying feature debut in the finest tradition of independent filmmaking.


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Franky G. in Manito
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Leo Minaya and Jessica Morales in Manito
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Hector Gonzalez and Franky G. in Manito
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