Ruta Madre

Ruta Madre

97 min.Comedy | Drama

After his first love breaks his heart, a young American singer reluctantly leaves his home in San Diego, California and embarks on an epic road trip through Baja with his uncle in order to reconnect with his Mexican roots and find himself.

Ruta Madre is an electrifying and hilarious rite of passage tale where American culture and Rock and Roll meet the music, traditions and beauty of Mexico. Based on a true story, Ruta Madre chronicles the magical odyssey of Daniel, a talented young Mexican-American singer and his cynical uncle Rodrigo. When his first love Daisy breaks his heart, Daniel, in emotional agony, reluctantly leaves his home in San Diego California and embarks on an epic road trip with his uncle, who is also on the run from a past that haunts him. This comical, dramatic and spiritual journey begins at the US/Mexico border, and winds its way through Tijuana, Ensenada, down the majestic Baja peninsula, through the sleepy French mining town of Santa Rosalia, and finally arriving at a family ranch in Ciudad Constitution. A friendly witch, unlikely angels, enticing demons, righteous Federales, a prostitute full of hope, a peculiar drug dealer and even the most beautiful woman in the world, are just some of the colorful and bizarre characters Daniel and Rodrigo meet along the way. Ruta Madre is a cinematic love letter to Mexico and a celebration of all humanity’s roots, no matter what side of the border you live on.


  • Director: Agustin Castaneda
  • Writers: Agustin Castaneda | Joey Molina
  • Producer: Jeronimo Bertran | Joey Molina | Walter Von Borstel
  • Executive Producers: Jared Safier | Henry Penzi


  • Paulina Gaitan
  • William Miller
  • Lia Marie Johnson
  • David Castro
  • Paul Rodriguez
  • Héctor Jiménez
  • Ilza Ponko
  • Sandra Stone
  • Carmen Salinas
  • Angélica María