He was given the nickname el Tigre, (the Tiger), due to both his fiery hair and fierce temperament as a boy in border town of Del Rio, Texas.
“Recuerda a los Tigres” revolves around three main Mexican American characters in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s:
- Ricardo, born 1931 in Castolon, TX – A fiery tempered red-haired man who, out of survival, takes on a job to transport drugs from Mexico into Southern Texas. He was given the nickname el Tigre, (the Tiger), due to both his fiery hair and fierce temperament as a boy in border town of Del Rio, Texas. As a teen, he and a friend started a motorcycle gang, Los Tigres, and gained a reputation for petty crime and violent encounters. Due to his red hair and fair skin, Ricardo has been ostracized by his own people, and has no true affinity for his Mexican heritage, nor does he see himself as truly “American”. He is a misfit, whose one true aim is to survive and become the stuff of legends.
- La Rosenda, born 1936 in Laredo, TX – a beautiful young woman living in the shadow of her brother, the leader of a large criminal syndicate. Her character is fiercely independent, while still yearning for a love that will both capture her and set her free from the empty life that she is forced to live. Her brother’s position and influence creates an island in which he is king, and gives her very few choices or prospects for a meaningful life.
- Enrique, born in Monterrey, MX in 1911 – a hard hearted man, he scratched and clawed his way to a place of power and influence. He is first generation and the leader of MALO (Mexican American Lobos), a criminal syndicate that reaches from Mexico into Southern and West Texas. MALO moves drugs and people into the US through various channels. Enrique is fiercely proud of his Mexican descent, and has developed into a local community leader in the small and unlikely town of Uvalde. Here he controls a vast organization and the fate of many young, talented and loyal men. He holds to the Pachuco mindset, with disdain for Anglos, police and any Mexican American people who try to assimilate into the American culture. His Pachuco ideology also begins to create a distance between himself and the traditional Mexican network he is associated with, creating a conflict that threatens the empire he has so carefully developed.
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