The movie “A Day Without a Mexican” is a comic movie that shows how California would be without the help of Latinos workers. When a mysterious pink fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Latinos disappear. The film represents in a sort of comic way the concerns about immigration in California. It clearly highlights the idea from how Americans are dependent on Latinos. The main point of the film is what would happen if Latinos immigrants who are in here just disappear. It affects the economy and the state stops working missing the Mexican workers.
Immigration is a complex and multifaceted issue that faces the US. In his film, Sin Nombre (2009), director Cary Fukunaga aims to juxtaposition the issue of immigration with the issue of gang violence in Mexico, and show the difficulties immigrants face by giving his audience an insider’s perspective into the experience of immigrating to the United States from Honduras. He does this through a variety of characters; most notably Willie and Sayra. Fukunaga did extensive research on life in the Mara Salvatrucha gang and the process of immigrating to America, in order to make his film realistic and authentic. The result is a movie that not only shows immigration in a way that evokes empathy and enforces the humanity of immigrants in the viewer’s mind, but also gives the viewer a look into the realities of being in a gang. Through the use of strong characters, powerful dialogue and vivid imagery, Fukunaga uses pathos to put a human face to the issue of immigration, logos to inform and give his audience context about the issues the film addresses, and ethos to establish his credibility and make the film believable.
“La Haine”, a 93 minute film regarding about three adolescents(Vincent Cassel, Hubert Kounde, and Said Taghmaoui) who struggle to cope in a poverty-stricken environment in which hatred and violence are part of everyday life. Even the title “La Haine” which is a French word, translated to 'The Hatred' suggests what the film is about. Based on a true event, “La Haine” is inspired by a real event where a young man was murdered while being questioned at a Parisian Police station. In exploring racism in the Paris suburbs, this film has a direct contrast with more typical French films, such as Amelie(2001) which presents a far more romantic and idyllic vision of French life. The beginning of La 'Haine' shows the beating of a
LaGravanese makes an excellent job with the characters, the soundtrack, and the scenery, making the message clear for the audience. Throughout the movie, the director uses many strong facts that strengthen his credibility and appeal to ethos, as well as build the movie’s argument. The director establishes his credibility by showing the audience actual video footage of Los Angeles area from the early 1990s and a series of captions demonstrated the racial tension between different gangs. Also,
This movie tells stories of millions of Mexican people illegally immigrate to the United States. They leave their family behind in Mexico and in the hopes they can find a better life. They face challenges and obstacles as an illegal immigrates, such as poor paying jobs, legal rights, and a constant fear of getting caught and deportation.
This characterization gives a bigger meaning to the dangerous journey taken by immigrants to cross these socially constructed borders and brings meaning to immigrants as people, and not just as objects. The film shows the landscape of Honduras, people working in the fields, how children learn in school, soccer playing as a pastime and other visual occurrences that expose the viewer to the daily life of a Honduran citizen. The personification of Yohan being from Honduras, being father of three kids, a husband, a son, and a worker in his community, shows that his identity does not just amount to one negative connotation that is perceived out of ignorance and xenophobic principles. With Yohan as a real-life example, it motivates individuals to see that migrants expose themselves to dangers because of their family and goals. Yohan is not just a number or a name, but a person with a dream and a background—which provides a further representation of immigrants as people. This depiction gives immigrants a contextual background, gives them an identity through their “homeland.”
Regardless of age, race, or religion, the film’s powerful imagery captivated audiences nationwide. It not only set the tone for how people were already feeling, but it was also a call to those unaware of how bad conditions of poverty, gang violence and the feeling of oppression had become for the lower class. Though the movie was purely fictional, the issues it portrayed helped exploit a huge problem in our country. In some areas, the films message hit so hard that riots broke out at theaters. The worst of these occurred at the Halsted Twin Outdoor Theater in the south Chicago suburb of Riverdale, where a man was fatally shot in his car by another man as both were leaving the drive-in. (???) Similarly, in the movie, Dough boy feels resentful about America because they don’t care about the ghetto which leads him to an endless cycle of violence.
Imagine that one day, all of the Hispanic population just disappeared from the face of the earth, nowhere to be seen or found. The film, “A Day Without a Mexican” had that same plot, where the whole Hispanic population in California disappeared into thin air when a weird and mysterious fog surrounded the state (Artenstein & Arau, 2004). The film may had taken a humorous and satirical approach to the topic of Mexican immigrants and the overall treatment of the whole of the Hispanic population, but every joke that was made in the movie echoed the same problems and concerns that exist in reality. The film addressed many of the stereotypes and racism that surround the Hispanic and Mexican populations. The film also made apparent just how important Mexicans and Hispanics are to all aspects of society. Lastly, the film even attempts to cover what exactly makes someone a Mexican or Hispanic.
Drake points out that the struggle of cultural identity that caused by both external and internal factors happen to main characters as well as side characters in the films. And the temptation to cultural assimilation also leads to the struggle of maintaining family relationship, because protagonists in both films have to make choices between family and progress in cultural accommodation. Another important issue related to undocumented immigrants in both films, according to the author, is discrimination, specifically gender discrimination and discrimination towards undocumented
Second, we see La Haine is not even really telling us individual stories but more a broad view of the struggle as a minority in France against police brutality. This is an important problem for immigrants and minorities of France and a real issue but La Haine only shows the struggles of the projects without explaining why, and shows rioting and brutality, but not how they got to that point that is where Kiffe Kiffe excels because it does explain how and why things happen. Plus, La Haine contradicts itself several times confusing the narrative, once when the cop gets the Said out of the jail and lets them go only to be shot? This makes not sense, then when
In the article, fear was portrayed through the protests in Charlottesville. White supremacists violently attack those who opposed their views. Facts were obtained in the news conference held on Tuesday by president Donald Trump. The groups that this article is intended for, are those who were protesting (both sides) and those who have kept themselves informed on the topic for the past weeks. The fear in this article is similar to the fear displayed in my article, in the way that people dealing with the situation face to face are being exposed to a deal of injustice. However, this article is solely based on the protesters of Charlottesville, whereas the other concentrates on those being detained, facing deportation. The topic of fear was illuminated through stating information that was said from presidents in the past, yet can be seen relevant in today’s society because of the unjust actions that occur.
The themes in La Haine and Balibar’s article are intertwined. The violent nature of the riots were based around the race, class, and religion of the residents of the banlieues and their anger at the treatment they received. Violence in La Haine and Balibar’s article are similar. La Haine showed the police being antagonistic towards the main characters, much like they were during the real riots. The police would target the youth who did not go to school or were done for the day. Also, with no jobs in the banlieues, youths had nothing to do besides grouping together and causing trouble. This would not have been terrible except for the fact many of them turned to criminal activities to support themselves or their families. This lead to an association that people from the banlieues were nothing but law breakers that deserved the increased police surveillance and targeting. The anger the residents of the French ghettos felt would be taken out on the police when they were arrested and the police reciprocated with violence. Residents were angry at the lack of job opportunities, the sigma which prevented social mobility, and a general deterioration of the community. This was seen in La Haine, the characters did not have adequate education, there were no jobs, therefore people would resort to the drug
The review of this movie is based on sociological matters that are outshined in the film and touch on the lives of the individuals, their way of living, morals, behavior and cultural aspects. The film is set in a real society and concentrating much on social issues of the society more than the economic, technological and political status of this society based in New York.
2. The film taught me that undocumented immigrants are hard working people and they will do whatever it takes to take care of their family. They love their family and they worry everyday that they could be deported and get separated from their family. Carlos the main character demonstrated dignity in many ways in the film. Firstly, when he found the person that stole his truck, he did not want to hurt him he just wanted his tuck even though his son want to beat the guy up. Secondly, Carlos gave the room to his son in the small one bedroom house and he slept on the couch. Carlos work tireless as a gardener to provide for himself and his son. Another instance also is when the police stop him; he did not resist arrest or disobeyed the police in any way. He accepted his faith that he
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