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Dia De La Independencia
A video by Alex Rivera (USA) 1 min. 1997
Dia de la Independencia is a satirical movie trailer that mimics the cinematic obsession with "alien invasions" inversing xenophobic undertones of anti-alien sci-fi, by imagining a racialized, righteous, alien invasion from South of the Border. A cathartic burst of border busting sci-fi, based on the work of Lalo Lopez of POCHO!
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Love on the Line
A trailer for a documentary by Alex Rivera (USA)
2 min. 1999
It's a typically hot Sunday afternoon on the border between southern California and northern Mexico. Since January 1st, 1999, Magdalena Hernandez, who lives in Tijuana, has been meeting with her husband, who lives in San Diego, every Sunday at the beach where the western border between the United States and Mexico ends.
Love on the Line will be an hour long documentary, made up of three chapters, each focused on a different cross-border couple.
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An experimental documentary about immigration
by Alex Rivera (USA), 27 min. 1995
Looking at the potato, which was first cultivated in Peru as an Inca food staple, Papapapa paints a picture of a vegetable which has traveled, and been transformed. The video follows this immigrating vegetable North as it eventually becomes the potato chip, the couch potato, and the "French Fry". While following the potato's journey and transformation, Papapapa simultaneously follows another Peruvian in motion, Augusto Rivera, the filmmaker's dad, who was raised in Lima, Peru, but moved to the United States forty years ago. The stories of these two disparate immigrants, the potato, and my pop, converge as Augusto Rivera becomes a Peruvian couch potato, sitting on the American sofa, eating potato chips and watching Spanish Language television.
Papapapa is a humorous look at race and immigration, television and nostalgia, distance and the many ways people deal with it. Papapapa examines how bodies (people and vegetable) are remade within the new societies they encounter.
A video by Alex Rivera (USA) 5 min. 1997
Why cybraceros? takes the form of a mock promotional film. It is based on a real promotional film produced in the late 1940's by the California Grower's Council, titled Why Braceros? used by the Grower's Council to defend the use of braceros, or temporary Mexican farmhands.
Why Cybraceros advocates a futuristic Bracero Program in which only the labor is imported to the United States. The workers themselves are left at home in Mexico, as they Tele-commute to American farms over the high-speed Internet. The Cybracero, as a trouble free, no commitment, low cost laborer, is the perfect immigrant. The Cybracero is the hi-tech face of the age-old American Dream.
More info: www.cybracero.com
is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, and recipient of a Silver Hugo. His work, which addresses concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, has been screened at The Guggenheim, Lincoln Center, PBS, Telluride, The New York Expo, Lussas Documentary, on European cable Planete, and other international venues.
more info: www.alexrivera.com
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