The visual metaphor couldn't be any more obvious...or accurate. Ana (America Ferrera), an attractive Rubinesque high school graduate with a mind as sharp as her tongue, should be preparing to go to college. Unfortunately for her, her melodramatically overbearing mother Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros) insists that it's time for her to go to work in her sister Estela's (Ingrid Oliu) garment factory. Thus, when the wrought iron gate at the sweatshop clatters open to mark the beginning of Ana's first day on the job, it may as well be a prison door slamming shut on her life and dreams.
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