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Mexico, US 2022, 87 mins, Directors: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos

Set against the perennial immigration debate in the United States, this animated documentary goes beyond rhetoric to give voice to those who’ve experienced the inhumane consequences of official policy. Each of three stories is presented in its own imaginative visual style: The crayon-scribbled world of a child conveys the tale of an 11-year-old US citizen whose undocumented father is detained; a painterly watercolor canvas limns the situation of two teenaged sisters living on opposite sides of the US/Mexico border; and the plight of a slam poet-activist raised in small-town Utah and deported to a country he never knew is rendered in bold colors as his words unify all three vignettes. The exquisite artistry of the differing styles serves each storyteller well, adding layers of nuance and restoring humanity to headlines. At times fanciful, as when a cut watermelon transforms into a swimming pool of pink water, this dazzling work is always heartfelt.

In English and Spanish with English subtitles

Guests expected: directors Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos

Con el perenne debate sobre la inmigración en los Estados Unidos como tema de fondo, este documental animado va más allá de la retórica para dar voz a quienes han experimentado las consecuencias inhumanas de la política oficial. Tres historias se presentan cada una en su propio estilo visual: el mundo de un niño garabateado con lápices de colores transmite la historia de un ciudadano estadounidense de 11 años cuyo padre indocumentado está detenido; un lienzo en acuarela muestra la situación de dos hermanas adolescentes que viven en lados opuestos de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México; y la difícil situación de un poeta de slam y activista criado en un pequeño pueblo de Utah que es deportado a un país que nunca conoció se presenta en colores llamativos a medida que sus palabras unifican las tres viñetas. El exquisito arte de cada uno de los diferentes estilos sirve bien a cada narrador, añadiendo tonalidades y restaurando la humanidad detrás de los titulares. A veces fantasioso, como cuando un pedazo de sandía se transforma en una piscina de agua rosada, este deslumbrante trabajo documental es siempre sincero.

Traducido por Isabel Fondevila

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Showtimes

In-Person


7:00 PM — Lark Theater

12:00 PM — Sequoia 1

Virtual


Oct 5, 11:00 PM — Oct 17, 12:00 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Director

Carlos Hagerman is a Fulbright Scholar who got his Masters in film directing at New York University. After starting his career working for Alejandro González Iñárritu, he struck out on his own. He has made a number of shorts, as well as the documentaries THOSE WHO REMAIN (2008), winner of a Humanitas Prize in the special documentary category; VUELVE A LA VIDA (2010); and EL PATIO DI MI CASA (2015). Jorge Villalobos directs for television and has made a number of short films, including 4 MANERAS DE TAPAR UN HOYO (1996), winner of a Grand Coral – Third Prize for animation at the Havana Film Festival; PASAJERA (1997); and EL MÓVIL (2014).

Film Info

Year:

2022

Running Time:

87

Languages:

English, Spanish

Director:

Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos

Producers:

Carlos Hagerman, Andrew Houchens, Carolina Coppel,

Editors:

Inger Diaz Barriga, Alejandra Ruvalcaba

Writers:

Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos

sections:

Subtitles:

English