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El Field

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by Alejandro Dávila, Daniel Rosas, Derrick Sparrow
color, 84 min, 2011
Spanish with English, Spanish, and French subtitles


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International border crossing as a daily constant is an unusual life habit. Especially when Mexican urban dwellers do so to work as agricultural field laborers in the United States. In a time when immigration has taken the political center stage across the globe, El Field contributes to the discussion by providing a compelling portrait in motion of the life, work and industry of a forgotten section of the largest, busiest land transit border in the world. Shot in the Imperial Valley, California, and the Mexicali Valley, Mexico; El Field presents visual historic information that induces the audience to form their own impressions on migrant labor and the industry that employs them.

“The experience of working the mechanized farms of California's Imperial Valley is realized with quiet emotion and elegant aesthetics in "El Field." Filmmakers Daniel Rosas (director, co-writer, d.p., co-editor), Alejandro [Dávila] (producer, co-writer) and Derrick Sparrow (co-writer, co-editor, sound) rigorously bypass the loaded political material of California farm workers and labor exploitation for a more interesting perspective, embedding audiences with the workers themselves.” — Robert Koehler, Variety

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
MoMA's Documentary Fortnight 2012, New York, New York, 2012
Black Movie Festival, Geneva, Switzerland, 2012
30º International Film Festival of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2012
Ambulante, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011
México International Film Festival
DOCSDF, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011
Festival Internacional de Cine en Morelia, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, 2011
DOCSTOWN, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, 2011
BORDOCS, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, 2011

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