Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants

Edition: DVD
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2004-03-01
Publisher(s): Univ of New Mexico Pr
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Book, DVD and CD. Robert M Young's critically acclaimed 110-minute film Alambrista (1977) depicts the harsh realities of Mexican life on both sides of the border. Following the birth of his first child, a young Mexican slips across the border into the United States in search of the American dream for himself and his family. He finds heartbreak, exploitation, and disappointment, but also friendship, affection, and help along the way. When first released, Alambrista received critical praise and a number of awards, including a Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. For the University of New Mexico Press release, a distinguished group of scholars has packaged a new director's cut of the film with a book of essays devoted to immigration and the US-Mexican borderlands. These scholars include Albert Camarillo, Richard Griswold del Castillo, Daniel Groody, Teresa Carrillo, Howie Movshovitz, Bill Ong Hing, José Cuellar, Cordelia Candelaria, and the editors. The director's cut includes new scenes, an improved sound track with a totally new musical score by 'Dr Loco and Los Tiburones del Norte', English subtitles, and interviews with the director and other participants. Also included with the book and DVD is an enhanced CD of the sound track.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Footsteps in the Wind 1(10)
Nicholas J. Cull
David Carrasco
PART ONE Alambrista Footsteps: Context in History, Politics, and Lived Experience
Alambrista and the Historical Context of Mexican Immigration to the United States in the Twentieth Century
Albert Camarillo
Alambrista's Inspiration: Cesar Chavez and Migrant Farm Workers
Richard Griswold del Castillo
The Drama of Immigration and the Cry of the Poor: The Voices of Alambrista Yesterday and Today
Daniel Groody
Operation Gatekeeper: The War against the Alambristas of the 1990s
Bill Ong Hing
Watching Over Greater Mexico: Recent Mexican Initiatives on Migration and the Alambristas of the New Millennium
Teresa Carrillo
Images from the Movies of Robert M. Young
PART TWO Alambrista Sights and Sounds: Film Criticism and Analysis
Tightrope Walking the Border: Alambrista and the Acrobatics of Mestizo Representation
Cordelia Candelaria
Border Crossings: Alambrista and the Cinema of Robert M. Young
Nicholas J. Cull
Robert M. Young and Alambrista
Howie Movshovitz
Notas en el Viento: The Musical Soundtrack of Alambrista: Director's Cut
Jose B. Cuellar
Dark Walking, Making Food, and Giving Birth to Alambristas: Religious Dimensions in the Film
David Carrasco
About the Contributors 223

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