The US / Mexico Interdependent Film Series

When:Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Time:7pm – 10pm
Where:The Children’s Aid Society, Harlem
130 East 101st Street
between Lexington and Park Avenues
Harlem, NY
(212) 348-2343

INDOCUMENTALES UNDOCUMENTARIES Presented by what moves you?, Cinema Tropical, and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU is an itinerant film and dialogue series focusing on the Mexico/US immigration experience.. This special Outdoor Screening will host Live Music, and Food. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and musicians. Plus the Food will be on sale to raise money for the Head Start program. This event is *Rain or shine (in case of rain the event will be held indoors at the gym).

Movies Screening:
Subterraneans: Norteña Music in New York / Subterráneos: música norteña en Nueva 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.

The Manhatitlán Chronicles / Crónicas de Manhatitlán(Felipe Galindo, Feggo, US, 1999, 7 min.) The Manhatitlán Chronicles is an animated flight of fancy that transposes elements of Mexican culture onto the cityscape of Manhattan. A humorous view on how Mexican and American cultures playfully intertwine.The Manhatitlán Codex(Felipe Galindo, Feggo, US, 2008, 5 min.) Felipe Galindo’s new digital animation, narrates an imaginary migration of a group of Mexican people to the US, inspired by Aztec mythology and American history. This animation explores the concepts of homeland, migration and globalization.

The Sixth Section / La sexta sección(Alex Rivera, US, 2003, 27 min. In Spanish and English with English subtitles)The Sixth Section is a groundbreaking documentary that follows the transnational organizing of a community of Mexican immigrants who live and work in upstate New York. The men profiled in the film form an organization called ‘Grupo Unión,’ which is devoted to raising money in the United States to rebuild the Mexican town that they’ve left behind. Grupo Unión is one of at least a thousand “hometown associations” formed by immigrants in the U.S. The film shows how immigrants are responding to the pressures of economic globalization, how small groups of people can make big change, and how immigrant communities are building transnational communities, even in these times of increasingly militarized borders.

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