INDOCUMENTALES UNDOCUMENTARIES The US / Mexico Interdependent Film Series
- Escrito por Cinema Tropical
Series Launching: Wednesday, Cinco de Mayo (May 5) at 7pm
@ The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center Auditorium, NYU, Manhattan
53 Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan)
Manhattan, NY | (212) 998-3650 |
FREE ADMISSION (picture ID required at door)
Post screening discussion with special guests. Reception to follow.
Al Otro Lado (Natalia Almada, US/Mexico, 2005, 66 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Like many in Sinaloa, the drug capital of Mexico, 23-year-old Magdiel faces two choices to better his life: trafficking drugs or crossing the border into the United States. Yet Magdiel has a special talent that could be his ticket out: composing corridos – ballads about the narcotics underworld and undocumented immigrant life. For over 200 years corridos have been Mexico's musical underground newspaper and the voice of those rarely heard outside their communities. From Sinaloa, Mexico, to the streets of South Central and East L.A., Al Otro Lado explores the world of drug smuggling, immigration and the corrido music that chronicles it all. Natalia Almada's award-wining documentary features Los Tigres del Norte and Jenny Rivera, among other musicians.
Subterraneans: Norteña Music in New York (Gaspar Orozco and Karina Escamilla, US, 2010, 26 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
Five musical groups from south-center Mexico survive playing music in the subways of New York. For them, Mexican Norteña music is more than a way of life –it is an expressive vehicle that reflects their experience as immigrants in this country and gives them a sense of identity in a radically new society. Caught between a yearning for the country they left behind and the hope of building a new life in a new society. This small community of norteña musicians is the manifestation of an identity in transformation.