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Indie En Español: Christopher Zalla

Updated March 30, 2009

Director Christopher Zalla
Padre Nuestro
Director Christopher Zalla

Director Christopher Zalla

Director Christopher Zalla

 

 

 

Indie En Español: David Riker

Updated March 27, 2009

David Riker
La Ciudad
David Riker

David Riker

David Riker

 

 

 

Sin Nombre's Terrifying Political Reality

Updated March 27, 2009

Slide 1: The world of Sin Nombre
Slide 2: The State of Mexico
Slide 3: Between the USA and Central America
Slide 4: The Border Issue
Slide 5: "A very big monster"
Slide 6: Fighting Back
Slide 7: No Place to Go
Slide 8: The Fate of the Poor
Slide 9: A History of Poverty
Slide 10: A History of Violence
Slide 11: Honduras and Others
Slide 12: Gang Violence
Slide 13: More Gang Violence
Slide 14: A Cycle of Violence
Slide 15: Empty Mexican Towns
Slide 16: What Their Eyes Have Seen
Slide 1: The world of Sin Nombre

Slide 1: The world of Sin Nombre

Guillermo Villegas (left), Paulina Gaitan (center) and Gerardo Taracena in Sin Nombre

The world, in all its harsh reality, of undocumented immigrants like the Honduran teenager Sayra in Sin Nombre, is not the chaotic creation of random fate.

The desperate people that leave their homes and illegally cross borders do so for good reasons. The organized criminals who terrorize them on their journey were not born thugs. The officials that prey on their vulnerability are not corrupt by nature. The Americans who detain and deport those who slip through the fortress walls are not uncaring people. 

Each year, tens of thousand of Central Americans leave their families in the hope of gaining successful, if illegal, entry into the United States. Between their home countries and their dreams of a better life in the U.S., lies Mexico.

 

 

 

Indie En Español: Alex Rivera

Updated March 26, 2009

Alex Rivera
Sleep Dealer
Alex Rivera

Alex Rivera

Alex Rivera

 

 

 

Indie En Español: John Sayles

Updated March 25, 2009

John Sayles
Sayles on set of Casa De Los Babys
Men With Guns
John Sayles

John Sayles

John Sayles

 

 

 

The Travelers Guide to Jim Jarmusch

Updated March 24, 2009

Permanent Vacation
Stranger than Paradise
Down by Law
Mystery Train
Night on Earth
Dead Man
Year of the Horse
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Coffee and Cigarettes
Broken Flowers
Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation: Jarmusch's first feature, Permanent Vacation, almost wasn't one. Originally born as the director's NYU thesis short, the film became Jarmusch's debut when he dropped out of school and then expanded it to 77 minutes. Recently reissued by Criterion on the Stranger than Paradise DVD, Permanent Vacation is a poetically rendered and sparsely populated ode to a late 20th century urban bohemia, a time in which culture was creative while our cities crumbled. Writes Nick Pinkerton at Reverse Shot, "The movie's puffed-up melancholia and unabashed love affair with being a hip, unattached, good-looking young guy is winningly straight up. It's enamored with the simple acts of turning on a record player, going to a repertory house, or walking around the city and seeing some crazy shit—enamored enough to make a movie out of all that stuff." And while Permanent Vacation is a time capsule to the Gotham bohemia of the time, the writer Luc Sante saw instead in the film's downtown cool something almost timeless: "Permanent Vacation… drew its style from the Italian neorealists and presented an archetype of questing youth that harks back all the way to the early 19th century romantics. In the face of a dominant posteverything cynicism, it sought poetry and transcendence and romance, even if it could acknowledge such things only with a deadpan stare that superficially looked like indifference."

 

 

 

Hangmen Also Die: The Short-Lived Alliance of Fritz Lang and Bertolt Brecht

Updated March 23, 2009

Bertolt Brecht
Fritz Lang
Hangmen Also Die!
Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht

 

 

 

Hitchcock's Tricks on The Man Who Knew Too Much

Updated March 20, 2009

Peter Lorre
The Man Who Knew Too Much
Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre in Hitch's original The Man Who Knew Too Much

 

 

 

Behind the Blog: Dennis Cozzalio

Updated March 13, 2009

Dennis Cozzalio
SLIFR logo
Dennis Cozzalio

Dennis Cozzalio

Dennis Cozzalio

 

 

 

Big Changes at Sunance, LA...

Updated March 13, 2009

John Cooper
John Cooper

John Cooper

John Cooper