Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Is it just me or does anyone else seem troubled by conservative group Let Freedom Ring’s choice of terminology in the new “Both Ways Barack” political attack ads? To me the ad is both incredibly weak and incredibly affective and powerful in attacking Obama. While the flip-flopping argument is a pretty weak and easily dismissible accusation, by subconsciously associating Obama and his politics with the phrase “both ways” the Right is attempting to subtly discredit Obama’s masculinity and sexuality in the minds of American voters.
Similar to the criticisms that bi-sexual individuals regularly receive from both gay and straight people, the ad charges that Obama can’t be trusted to stick to a position (no pun intended) and is therefore deceptive and/or inexperienced. I also find it interesting that they apply the “both ways” label to Obama considering the media frenzy around brothers on the DL. Black men who go “both ways,” have been villainized and scrutinized in the mainstream media and part of me wonders whether the ad was trying to subconsciously tap into that dominant fear, resentment, and distrust, of Black men by using words associated with DL discourse.
Maybe I’m just being paranoid, but with that word choice I sincerely doubt that it’s just coincidence. Check out the ad for yourself...
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
-Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani
The July issue of Italian Vogue, dubbed the “Black Issue,” flew off the shelves and is now in reprints. This is the first magazine in Condé Nast’s history to be reprinted to satisfy demand; it’s also the first issue of Vogue to go into reprint. According to Young, Black, and Fabulous Vogue gave word to US distributors to “keep this All Black Issue on the stands until AFTER the November elections.” Apparently, Vogue feels that this will throw foreign support behind the Obama campaign here in America.
While Obama would definitely be our most fashionable President, I'm having a bit of a hard time seeing what one has to do with the other. I think Vogue, like a plethora of other media outlets (CNN’s “Black in America” anyone?), is capitalizing on the current fetishization and commodification of all things Black. While I think the July issue of Italian Vogue is a landmark moment in fashion history, I wonder what the long-term impact of the issue will be on the fashion industry. For instance, many advertisers still used white models for the ads in the July issue because they felt that Black models wouldn’t sell, even in an all Black issue. I hope that rather than mere pandering, industries like fashion, television, film and music will actually make some changes and actively challenge systems of white hegemony in the media.
Here's a YouTube clip with images from the July Vogue...
It was especially difficult to finding funding for the film in Europe, according to Glover, "I couldn't get the money here, I couldn't get the money in Britain. I went to everybody… The first question you get, is 'Is it a black film?’ All of them agree, it's not going to do good in Europe, it's not going to do good in Japan.”
That’s where Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez comes in. Glover received 18 of the 30 million dollars needed to fund the film from Villa del Cine, a new government-funded studio outside of Caracas, which is part of Chavez’s effort to combat what he calls “the Hollywood film dictatorship.” Chavez hopes that Toussaint will teach international audiences about imperialism and Western oppression and hegemony.
Many Venezuelan filmmakers and producers are not too excited about Villa del Cine’s $18 million investment in Toussaint. In an open letter the National Association of Film Makers and the Venezuelan Chamber of Film Producers said "It is Mr. Glover who should be bringing dollars to Venezuela."
I hope the film gets made and has a decent release/distribution because it an extremely important but often overlooked part of history. I also hope that the film is able to generate money for the Venezuelan film industry and help establish it as a progressive media powerhouse. Keep an eye out for Toussaint in 2009.
Props to Playahata.com for putting me on to this story.
Monday, July 28, 2008
In an interview with globalGrind's Kim Osorio Dip Set's Jim Jones called NaS a dweeb for protesting Faux News. Jones tells NaS to get real and focus on the recession. I think its a shame that members of the hip-hop community might not see the necessity and value of NaS' actions. Check out the clip below.
Jowell & Randy f. Eloy and Zion - "Fuera del Planeta"
Puerto Rican Hipsterism pt. 2! Yes!
Bentley Fonsworth, Kanye West, & Andre 3000 - "Everybody"
Calling themselves C.O.L.O.U.R.S. (Cool Outrageous Lovers of Uniquely Raw Style), the three most fashionable men in hip-hop are out to turn Gs into Gents. I was surprised Bentley actually didn't sound awful.
Snoop Dogg - "My Medicine"
Snoop Dogg's tribute to the Man in Black Johnny Cash.
Tito El Bambino - "Vamo Pal Agua"
The ultimate summer jam!
Tony Dize f. Yandel - "Permitame"
Sunday, July 27, 2008
4168 Broadway (between 176th and 177th Sts)
(Subway: A to 175th St, 1 to 181st St )
Movies @ Bryant Park
Monday nights in June, July and August you can see free movies in Bryant Park. The grass opens for picnicking at 5 p.m. and the films begin at sunset, typically between 8 and 9 p.m. A different classic film is shown every Monday, for a complete schedule check out www.bryantpark.org/calendar/film-festival.php
Dinner and Drinks @ La Esquina
This place is definitely fresa heaven, but don't let that detract from the fact that when you're sitting there having an elote callejero and a michelada you feel like god is personally smiling down on you.
106 Kenmare St
New York, NY 10012
Anything @ Shake Shack
People always ask whether the 45 minute to one hour wait is worth is and without doubt it is. The location is great, the shack burgers are amazing, the cheese fries are a godsend and the concretes are one of the best ways to cool down on a hot day after waiting an hour for a burger and fries. Plus it runs on wind power which is totally eco conscious and awesome.
Shake Shack SE Corner of Madison Sq. Park (23rd & Madison)
Brown Bagging a Beer @ Washington Sq. Park
I'm sorry but drinks are too damn expensive in NYC, so I'm a proponent of brown bagging beer. I usually do it right before dinner because I hate going to a cheap restaurant and having an outrageous bill because a friend and I had 2 beers. I'll also do it if I'm going out to a club so I can avoid paying $10 for a Bud Light (which should be illegal since it probably constitutes price gouging, no human being should have to pay $10 for a bud light). So before going out I'll buy a can of Tecate or a bottle of Presidente from the grocer, grab a brown bag and sit down and enjoy a beer and the (NYC) great out doors at Washington Sq. Park.
My all-time summer favorite....
People Watching @ Prince Street in SoHo
Regularly photographed by the Satorialist for GQ and proclaimed by Esquire to be the place where you see the most beautiful women on the planet, Prince Street is the gift that keeps on giving all year round, but is especially kind during the summer months (when people are showing a little ankle with their skinny jeans and vintage Gucci loafers). If you want to see the most beautiful and fashion forward men and women in the world just hang out on the corner of Prince and Broadway for an afternoon. Occasionally, when I'm shopping in the area I'll just look around and be thankful that I live in one of the most attractive cities on the planet.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
So the hip hop community, and suprisingly much of the mainstream media, is abuzz with talk of Nas teaming up with Color of Change and Move On to stop Faux News' unfair and unbalanced attacks on people of color. There was a protest in front of the NewsCorp building in midtown on Wednesday where "famed hip hop artist Nas joined ColorofChange.org, MoveOn.org, and lots of young sign-carrying protesters to demand that FOX News stop calling race-baiting attacks fair and balanced news" (racewire).
Nas delievered a pitition of more than 620,000 signatures and addressed Fox's, particularly Bill O' Reilly's , blatant racism on The Colbert Report. He also performed his song "Sly Fox". Check out the clip of Nas on the Colbert Report...
Fox News has a record of bullying liberal media and an aggressive anti-hip-hop agenda (remember the whole Stop Snitchin' fiasco?). Nas was caught in Fox's cross hairs for a his participation in a performance at VA Tech shortly after the shooting. Check out the full "Sly Fox" video which talks about O'Reilly's attack on Nas...
Please believe that Nas, Color of Change, and Move On are on point with their criticism of Faux News. Fox news will stop at nothing to promote their right-wing racist heteropatriarchial agenda. Fox News is so despicable that it will even stoop to doctoring photos to make rivals look "ugly" and and cartoonish in order to discredit them. The did it to New York Times writer Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe. Check out the summary from Media Matters which broke the story:
During a segment in which Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade labeled New York Times reporter Jacques Steinberg and editor Steven Reddicliffe "attack dogs," Fox News featured photos of Steinberg and Reddicliffe that appeared to have been digitally altered -- the journalists' teeth had been yellowed, their facial features exaggerated, and portions of Reddicliffe's hair moved further back on his head.Check out the actual clip in question...
Check out MSNBC's Coverage...
Fellow Times writer David Carr was particularly outraged by the doctored photos and stood up to Fox and its dirty tactics. Carr also points out the Antisemitism apparent in the photoshopped photo of Jacques Steinberg, Carr notes:
“In a technique familiar to students of vintage German propaganda, (Steinberg’s) ears were pulled out, his teeth played apart, his forehead lowered and his nose widened and enlarged in a way that made him look more like Fagin than the guy I work with.” (For more Click Here)
Lastly, I want leave you with this ill doctrine clip which proves that no matter how many times O'Reilly tries to discredit Nas by saying his name wrong all he's doing is showing his bigoted immaturity and making himself look and sound like a fool.
Props to Nas, Color of Change and Move On.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
It's crazy that the punishment for wearing a fashion born out of hip hop's fascination with prison culture is now actually punishable by jail time. I don't know why everyone seems to be obsessed with how low many Black and Latino@ youth are wearing there pants. I suspect it's because the fashion is catching on with white youth in suburban areas.
Baggy pants were even featured in the New York Times. CLICK HERE to listen to Times fashion photographer Bill Cunnigham talking about how the pants are dropping with the stock market (he's bugging).
It started with last week's All Star Game. Apparently people were too wrapped up in A-Rod's drama to remember to do ANYTHING for the residents of the Bronx during the event. After a number of non-profits reached out to the MLB to do activities in the area the organization basically told them to screw themselves. The Red Carpet Parade which is always held in the area surrounding the hosting team's stadium was moved from the Bronx to Midtown Manhattan for no apparent reason other than straight up bias against the boro and its residents. Even Bronx little leaguers got shafted, typically seats are made available at the homerun derby for local little league teams, but this was not done for Bronx little leaguers (and not to sound paranoid, but I think that's because these little leaguers are predominantly Black and Latino youths). Who hates on kids!? That's just wrong!
The Village Voice and the always on-point Juan Gonzalez attempted to shed light on the bias and ignorance that the All Star Game was promoting with it's actions. Comments about the Bronx being a war zone and/or a ghetto were not uncommon responses, check out this response to Gonzalez's article "The new Bronx is a dump, just like the old Bronx. It's dirty, lawless, and not a place to raise your kids." WTF!?
As if the bullshit and disrespect prevalent at the All Start Game wasn't bad enough, the new Yankee stadium is being built for enjoyment by the rich. In a Metro New York article by Patrick Arden (for full text click here) he highlights the ways in which it will become impossible for the average Yankee fan to buy tickets to a game, let alone the average Bronx resident. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said at a state hearing on the matter that the Yanks are building a "stadium for rich guys.” What's more infuriating is that the city provided the Yankees with $930 million in tax-exempt bonds, which makes the new stadium a PUBLICALLY FUNDED PROJECT. Manhattan Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh wants publicly financed stadiums to make 7 percent of seats “affordable,” but who knows if what Kavanagh considers affordable is actually economically fesible for Bronx residents. The average ticket would go up from a cost of $28 to about $57. Many youth and Bronx residents were already priced out, a 50% increase in prices is truly a slap in the face.
I am sick of the constant disrespect that the Bronx and it's residents receive on a daily basis. Just like in 1977 the Bronx is Burning and just like last time the catalyst is is a result of anger and a racist and uncaring system, the only difference is that this time the fires are metaphorical. The Bronx is burning for respect, and the Yankees better wise up real fast.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
The backlash against Ross has been really harsh. The way that people are reacting to the news it makes sense that Ross would try to cover this up. In the long run I really don't get why people are bugging over this, Ross did what what every other rapper on the planet is guilty of doing: creating a commercially viable hypermasculine alter-ego. If you think Jay-Z and them were actually pushing weight and busting rounds you need to get real. Most of the rappers out there are no different than actors, and I don't mean that in a disparraging way, they're providing their audience with entertainment in the same way an actor in an action film would. This Rick Ross business is the equivilant of getting heated at Tarantino because he doesn't have bodies under his belt.
Cornell Dews astutely asks us to really consider the absurdity of this situation:
Has the COINTEL PRO infiltrated hip hop? I swear we’re working on some counter intelligence shit. As a community we’re thinking the wrong way; contrary to the right course; in the reverse or opposite direction, which is by definition counter intelligence. Check this out. We’re mad if you “lied” about knowing Noriega and the claim that he owes you a hundred favors. But we applaud if you do know Noriega from (we’re assuming) past dealings which meant that you was involved in drug trafficking that helped lead to the destruction of the same community from which we come. We’re mad if you “lied” about the money you made on the streets and the “bodies” you caught in the process, when in actuality you graduated high school and attended a historically black college on an athletic scholarship. Which we can derive meant you were a decent student athlete. We’re mad if you “lied” about going to prison, when instead you worked at one. Can’t yall see that we’re mad about the wrong shit?
For Dew's full post click here.
Personally, I like Rick Ross and I hope his career isn't destroyed over such stupid shit. Maybe he'll start talking about his experience as a C.O. I got to say though, it would be way more interesting to hear him talk about his experience as a black man working in the prison-industrial-complex, then the same old rhymes about guns, drugs, and women.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
“So how do you feel about Brokeback?”
I confessed that I actually owned the film on DVD and enjoyed it quite a bit when I first saw it. I still think that the film has some of the most breathtaking cinematography I have seen in a long time. What I hated about Brokeback was the hyped up mainstream celebration of the film and the lack of critical race and sexuality analysis. For me, seeing the film in a theater packed with gay white men in Chelsea, I noticed the film became a collective moment for the predominantly Anglo audience to share their despair at the fact that there was no happy ending for the two white male protagonists.
In April I attended the Race, Sex, Power: New Movements in Black and Latino/a Sexualities Conference at UIC and heard a presentation by Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. entitled “Brokeback Ain’t Black.” The paper McCune presented spoke about the ways in which Brokeback reified the idea of coming out as necessary and the only route to freedom from the oppression of the closet (as if queers face no oppression outside of the closet). The film leaves you feeling that if Jack and Ennis had come out to themselves and others they would have been able to live an honest and open life with each other, ensuring their happy ending. McCune argued that because the two protagonist were white they were able to escape the stigmatization of the “Down Low” label. While Jack and Ennis see their secret moments at Brokeback as precious and their silence as necessary, contemporary audiences are provided cues in order to recognize their relationship as from another era. Because the film is set in the American West from 1963- 1983 their relationship is seen as quaint and antiquated. The film is historicized in such a way that it positions the timeframe of the film as a distant time where discretion and silence were the norms and violently enforced (as if that is still not the case for many queers of color and gender non-conforming queers). This allows contemporary audiences, and by extension society, to congratulate themselves on how far gay rights have come.
Check out this excerpt from "Probing the 'Brokeback Syndrome'":
One label Jack and Ennis rarely, if ever, get tagged with is “men on the down low,” even though they are married and have children, but still secretly sleep with men. Boykin, who is black and co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, a black gay rights group, says this represents a “racial double standard” since the relationship between Jack and Ennis is heralded as an epic love story instead of a threat to other people.
“It’s not really the term [down low] that matters, it’s what the term implies—and when you hear ‘down low,’ you don’t think good things, you think evil and deceptive,” Boykin says. “We’re more willing to consider the nuances of why [Jack and Ennis] are doing this, instead of seeing them as pathological the way we do with black men.”
For the full article click hereBrokeback succeeds in reinforcing the idea that the down low is unnecessary, antiquated, and ultimately wrong in contemporary mainstream gay culture. Black and Latino/a queer culture's attempt to embrace terms like “Down Low,” “MSM” (men who have sex with men), and “women who love women” as identities and markers are seen as aberrations rather than strategic attempts to redefine both mainstream gay culture and Black/Latino/a culture.
While I am set in the idea that Brokeback enforces and celebrates hegemonic mainstream gay male culture, my friend made me consider something positive about the way that white masculinity is dealt with in the film. He told me that what he really appreciated about the film was the way that Brokeback shows the way that hegemonic masculinity and heteropatriarchial society can crush a person. He cited the scene at the end of the film when Ennis is almost dancing with Jack’s bloodied denim shirt as a moment when the devastating effects of heteropatriarchy are made real. I agree with him that the film does show the brutality of normative hegemony, and succeeds in doing so through sparse dialogue, beautiful cinematography, and intense images of isolation which are more accessible to mainstream audiences.
I like Brokeback, and I think it is an important cultural artifact, but I also applaud academics and politicos like Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr., Keith Boykin, and others who are bringing critical race theory to the table in order for us to consider the impact of the film on the entire queer community.
1. Beans: You know my Puerto Rican ass was happy do see this on the list. Beans are a great source of protein and low in fat and calories. Beans help control your weight and blood sugar. I’m pretty sure that’s before you add the Sazon & Adobo though.
2. Blueberries: A real “brain food,” keeps your mind young as you mature. Rich in anti-oxidants.
3. Broccoli: Said to be the best food on the planet to prevent cancer.
4. Oats: Rich in fiber. Lowers cholesterol.
5. Oranges: Packed with vitamin C and one of the most readily accessible fruits for children. More vitamin C consumption can lower your chances of heart disease, cancer, and a plethora of other causes of death in this country.
6. Pumpkin: Phytonutrients keep your skin looking young and sexy.
7. Wild Salmon: Rich in Omega-3, wild salmon is a sure-fire way to lower your risk for a cardiac-related death. Make sure its wild and not farm-raised.
8. Soy: Packed with protein. Make sure not to over do it, too much soy can actually cause health complications.
9. Spinach: This leafy green promotes eye health and prevents cataracts.
10. Tea (green or black): Rich in anti-oxidants and the cheapest and easiest way to avoid cancer and heart disease.
11. Tomatoes: Helps men avoid prostate cancer
12. Skinless Turkey Breast: The leanest meat on the planet. Great source of protein.
13. Walnuts: Eating walnuts can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. High in Omega-3.
14. Yogurt: Boosts immunity.
15. Coconut Milk: Contains an antiviral, antibacterial fatty acid called lauric acid— the immunity booster babies get from breast milk.
16. Organic Grass-Fed Beef: Great source of iron, B vitamins, and zinc
17. Brazil Nuts: rich in the antioxidant selenium. Selenium is essential for sperm health, take note!
18. Cinnamon: the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, is an anti-inflammatory and inhibits cancer cells
19. Raw Honey & Molasses: If you use a lot of sweeteners try using this super healthy stuff instead. Unfiltered, raw honey contains phytonutrients and enzymes to aid digestion. Molasses is the nutritious byproduct from boiling sugarcane down to white sugar is a good source of iron and other minerals.
20. Olive Oil: Rachel Ray style…E.V.O.O. contains monounsaturated fats (reduce inflammation), phenols (cancer fighting anti-oxidants), and vitamin E. Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains more
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here's a description of the show:
Long after the cassette tape has become an obsolete relic of a clumsier analog era, the essence of the mixtape lives on through CDs and MP3 playlists. Summer Mixtape Volume 1: the Get Smart edition pays tribute to this vital form of popular expression with a group exhibition that compiles some of the hottest work from the New York area that the curators have seen all year.
The curators looked back through previous calls for submissions, canvassed other curators and artists for recommendations, visited dozens of artists’ studios, and saw hundreds of shows to wind up with the 27 artists that make up Summer Mixtape Volume 1. The works in the exhibition cover a vast array of themes and mediums, mirroring the diverse mix of sights, sounds and cultures on the streets of New York. The show also features a jukebox programmed specifically for the exhibition that includes mixtapes and cover art produced by the artists and some special guests.
The opening will feature premium lagers and treats from http://www.sweettoothofthetiger.com/
I hope to see you there!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
7:00pm - 10:00pm
475 Tenth Avenue (@ 36th Street)
New York, NY
According to Blog de Reggaeton Ivy's new album will be called "Drama Queen." No word on when the album is set to drop.
Jowell & Randy Go Solo
I was damn near broken hearted when I was in Puerto Rico in January and Casa de Leones announced they would no longer record together. Now once again I'm a bit broken hearted that the next time I hear Jowell & Randy it'll be on separate albums. According to La Onda Tropical, the duo will work together in the future, but are going solo for a bit. Randy's new album will be called Romances de Nota.
Daddy Yankee's Film Talento de Barrio Premiering on Wednesday
As I said in an earlier post Talento de Barrio is premiering at the New York International Latino Film Festival on Wednesday. Here's a trailer to get you ready...
How much do I love the Kumbia Queers! They performed in NYC last week as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). If you haven't heard them check out their MySpace page: MySpace.com-Kumbia Queers Here's their video for "Chica de Calendario"...
Chosen Few 3: The Movie
The album is actually one of the hottest reggaeton albums I've heard in a minute. Check out the video for Jowell & Randy f. LDA "Entonces Esta Bien"...
I haven't seen the actually movie yet, but here's a trailer to give you an idea...
Julieta Venegas y La Mala Rodriguez Juntas!!
So I love La Mala and I like Julieta Venegas, but this unplugged version of "Eres Para Mi" knocks it out the park. The song appears on Venegas' much hyped unplugged album, and it's well worth the $15.99 at the Virgin Megastore just for this song. Check out video from the unplugged performance...
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The first pictures of Downey in blackface surfaced in the March 14, 2008 issue of Entertainment Weekly, and the response has been fascinating to say the least. Most folks are rationalizing his performance by focusing on the fact that it’s Robert Downey Jr. (a REAL actor) and that it’s satire. A more interesting conversation taking place in blogs and on message boards is actually revolving around the idea that playing a different race is how you prove you’ve got chops as an actor. References to fellow cast member Jack Black who donned blackface in Be Kind Rewind and a bi-racial semi-afro’d Angelina Jolie in A Might Heart, abound to support the claim that blackface isn’t about being offensive, it’s about taking an artistic risk. Is playing Black going to be the new “gay for pay” road to critical acclaim?
I have extremely mixed feelings about the concept. I think that the film is actually a great satire on how far actors are willing to go for a role. Thing of all the insane things that actors put their bodies through for a role (think Robert Deniro in Raging Bull or Christian Bale in The Machinist), taken to the extreme what is to stop an actor from “undergoing a controversial procedure” to darken his skin to play the role “more authentically?” I feel, however, that rather than chops, what Downey is displaying is slight hubris. Clearly, Downey has balls for taking a role where he has to act in blackface, but are we expected to ignore the painful history of minstrelsy, blackface, and brownface in American cinema in order to give him, and ultimately Stiller, their dues?
I guess I’ll have to wait until August 13th to find out.
In conjunction with the New York International Latino Film Festival, the Hola Mexico Film Festival will be screening the newest in Mexican Cinema. The Hola Mexico Film Festival promises to be more raucous than the NYILFF with a Opening Night Fiesta at the Gallery Bar catered by fresa hot spot La Esquina. There should also be more opportunities for Q&As with filmmakers which is always one of my favorite parts of a film festival.
Here are some highlights...
*All descriptions taken from http://www.holamexicoff.com/films.php
Llamando a un Ángel * Opening Night Fiesta (Calling An Angel)
July 23, 2008, 7:30 pm
“A mistaken phone call unites three characters who do not know each other, but respond to the same name: Angeles Flores Fuentes. The characters, confused by a desperate message of love, make decisions that change the course of their lives.”
La Zona (La Zona)
July 26, 2008, 8:00 pm
July 25, 2008, 1:00 pm
“In Mexico, the gap between rich and poor has created a separation both geographically and culturally. In this highly awarded film, Rodrigo Pla tells the story of a fenced-in Mexico City community that is broken in by burglars during one stormy night. After one of the burglars is trapped, the people from La Zona 'make justice' on their own terms. Pla weaves plot points to bring together the characters in a shattering final test of the connection between two unlikely allies.”
Malos Hábitos (Bad Habits)
July 25, 2008, 9:30 pm
July 26, 2008, 5:30 pm
“Bad Habits is the award-winning debut from noted Mexican up-and-comer, Simon Bross. A strong address of the vicious cycles of eating disorders, Bad Habits was inspired by the true story of a 17th century Mexican nun and her relationship with one endearing school girl whom she councils through first communion. The juxtaposition of deprivation and abstinence in the midst of plenty make for an intelligent film worthy of the accolade Best First Feature Film at the 2007 Montreal World Film Festival.”
Bajo Juárez: La ciudad devorando a sus hijas (Bajo Juárez: The City Devouring Its Daughters)
July 25, 2008, 5:30 pm
July 27, 2008, 3:30 pm
“In the city of Juarez, along the Mexico-U.S. border, hundreds of young women are either murdered or abducted year after year. As the crimes continually go unpunished, grieving parents are frequently forced to accept the devastating fact they may never know the ultimate fate of their beloved children.”