Backyard (El traspatio) deals with an unpleasant and shocking fact: in Ciudad Juárez, just across the border from El Paso, a thousand young women have been killed and the murders have not stopped. The heroine of Backyard is a police detective who wants to believe (like the rest of us) that if she can just arrest one serial killer, just break up one gang, the problem will be solved. Unfortunately, the police department is so corrupt that men are drawn to Juárez because they know they can kill women there and get away with it.