Avenge the Crows

Synopsis: On the streets of LA, old wounds ignite revenge for an ex gang member and her young cousin.
96 min


[man] Keep moving.


[pants] Please.

Please. You don't

have to do this.

My family is rich.

I can get you anything you want.

I don't want your money, Cuete.

Whoever you are...

you kill me...

you're f***ing dead!

My uncle Ronaldo,

he's a captain in the cartel.

Do you have any f***ing idea

what he's gonna do to you

and your whole f***ing family

when he finds out about this?




You know...

I always imagined it would

end up like this.

Even when I was locked up!

[sobbing, grunting]

[Angel] Me too.



[dog barking]

[soft rock music playing]

[woman] Yo, Peaches.

[smacks lips]

Hey, yo, b*tch!

Yo, b*tch! I'm talkin' to you.

Yeah, I know who you are,

Los Grajos b*tch.

Do you hear me, b*tch? Because I say f***

you to you and your whole broken-ass crew!

[dramatic music playing]

[woman in voice-over] In Spanish,

"Los Grajos" means "The Crows."

And we used to be

a powerful street gang.

Before the war with FSD,

we used to run all the blocks

east of Euclid and below 94th.

We were organized

and our enemies didn't dare

push on our turf.

But, of all the murders,

it only took one

to set up the violence in which

many of my friends were killed

and Los Grajos was left in ruin.

The Native Americans believe

the crow was once as beautiful

and as powerful as the eagle,

with a captivating voice

and colorful feathers.

The legend says

his feathers got blackened

and his voice made hoarse

because he danced too close

to the flames of a great fire.

A fire that sent

all the dead souls on Earth

into the sky to become stars.

And the crow was their shepherd,

drawing them closer

with his dance.

That's how I know I'm a crow.

I always dance too close

to the flames.

The story Christian fed

the rest of the crew...

was that some FSD homies

pulled up and blasted Manny.

But I know that was a lie.

He wouldn't tell me why.

Now, everything is different.


Without my crew,

I'm forced to push

in the shadows...

and live in hiding

from my enemies.

Like that FSD puta from the bar.

The only person I have left

is my cousin Cammy.

She's like a sister to me.

Which is what makes everything that's

about to happen that much worse.

They say revenge is a pendulum.

Set in motion by those

who seek justice.

Its weight measured in grief,

and force determined by blood.

It never stops,

until one day it lands on you,

or someone you love,

and then, you have

to make a choice.


What choice?

Between weakness and strength.

[guitar music playing]

Maybe the real strength is

in the ability to walk away.

Oh, come on, Tony. I'm talking

about life and death here.

There's no walking away.

Life and death.

Is that what you told yourself?

- After you bashed that girl's face in?

- Oh, come on.

I walk out to have a smoke,

I come back in to a bloody mess.

I told you already, she came

at me, I had no choice.

- No choice.

- No. I was just sitting here minding my own business

and that FSD b*tch

starts banging on me

and saying f*** me

and my whole crew.

There were three of them.

And she had a pool cue.

All I had was a shot glass.

- I had to improvise.

- Sheesh, you don't get it.

- Don't get what?

- You're the problem.

- Trouble follows you.

- [scoffs]

And if it happens again, I'm gonna

have to banish you from this bar.

Banish me?

Yes, banish you.

It means you can't

come back here, ever.

- You're gonna banish your most loyal customer?

- My most loyal customer.

Damn right.

Look, mija. I don't

wanna argue with you.

But this bar has

a bad reputation

because of customers like you

that don't know when to quit.

I tell you what.

For this shot...

I'm gonna read your fortune.


This card holds your future.

I doubt that.

Oh, this is bad.

This is really bad.

What's that mean?

It's the Tower.

It means conflict...

Calamity, pain.

But also growth.

- Is that a fact?

- Tony, I'm serious.


I don't believe in this sh*t.

And I really think this

is your future, not mine.

If you keep bashing

people's faces in,

this is gonna happen to you.

No, no, it doesn't

work that way.

Think about it.

My way sounds better.

- Hey, where you goin'?

- I gotta go.

Well, don't leave your

bruja sh*t here on the bar!

[cellphone vibrating]


[cellphone vibrating]




I'm sorry. Yeah,

I know I'm late.

I'll be there, like,

I'll be coming right now.



Cammy, listen to me,

listen to me.

What? Who?

Who did this to you?

Cammy. Camarena.


I'm coming right now.


Oh, f***.

F***! F***! F***!


[gate buzzer buzzing]

You gonna miss

this place, Joker?

Probably not, homie.

You know, I've been waiting

a long time for this.

I talked to Berto.

Everything's set.

Then it's time for you to finish

your initiation, Capitan.

She's smart.

More dangerous than you think.

Don't make the mistake

of underestimating her.

I'll put the hit on the cousin,

that will distract her.

But I'll watch my back.

You got this.

That's why I chose you.

All I'm sayin' is

if it gets f***ed up,

you're not gonna get

a second chance.


Somebody told me that

a long time ago.

Yeah? Who's that?

My cousin Elias.

When I was 13.

Pretty much all my mom's

boyfriends used to beat her.

But there was this

one fool, Albert.

One night, he hit her

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