Tuesday, February 08, 2011

WHY BRACEROS, from 1959; and CYBRACEROS, 1997 by Alex Rivera

I am in the debt of music/cultural studies wunderkind Josh Kun for posting a link to this 1959 documentary on the Bracero program this morning on Facebook; the film, basically propaganda meant to allay the fears of Americans regarding an influx of invading seasonal Mexican fieldworkers shows how fickle immigration POLICY can be when it comes to business interests:

and, next, this--a brilliant short film by Alex Rivera, Cybraceros, from 1997, that posits the future of Mexican immigration and farmwork in America:

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