Los que se quedan (Those who Remain)
A documentary directed by Carlos Hagerman and Juan Carlos Rulfo.
Wednesday, November 18, 20097:30 PM
James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Those Who Remain shines a light on the families left behind by loved ones who have traveled North for work, while also illuminating the rich glow of the Mexican spirit.
With great balance and sensitivity, this intimate documentary follows a number of families who each share their stories, ranging from the American Dream to heartbreakingly tragedy. Examining the emotional cost of long-term estrangement, directors Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman find rich cinematic metaphors in the deserted, newly constructed homes on the highway, their empty rooms a powerful reminder of the absence of loved ones at otherwise joyous occasions like communions and graduations. Despite this void in their communities, many of those profiled emerge as colorful characters with boundless vitality and wonderful senses of humor.
By deliberately eschewing politics in order to focus on “the other side” of the immigrant story, Those Who Remain speaks to the generations of families divided by the U.S.-Mexico border. Beautifully crafted and featuring a soundtrack by Cafe Tacuba, this vibrantly shot film speaks volumes about Mexican culture and identity.
Co-director Carlos Hagerman will be present for a Q&A after the film.
In Spanish with English subtitles.
Parking available in lot #3 for $10.
Cost : Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Universidad de Guadalajara in Los Angeles