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El inmigrante (2005)

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"El Inmigrante" is a documentary film that examines the Mexican and American border crisis by telling the story of Eusebio de Haro a young Mexican migrant who was shot and killed during one... See full summary »
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"El Inmigrante" is a documentary film that examines the Mexican and American border crisis by telling the story of Eusebio de Haro a young Mexican migrant who was shot and killed during one of his journeys north. The film presents a distinct humanitarian focus in which story and character take precedent over policy and empiricism. Towards this end "El Inmigrante" examines the perspectives of a diverse cast of players in this border narrative. A cast which includes the de Haro family, the community of Brackettville, Texas-where Eusebio was shot, members of vigilante border militias in Arizona, the horseback border patrol in El Paso, and migrants en route to an uncertain future in the United States. Written by John Eckenrdoe

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Life and death on the United States Mexican border.

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Documentary

Certificate:

PG-13
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USA | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

14 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Mexico See more »

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Budget:

$40,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,500, 16 March 2007

Gross USA:

$14,283, 27 July 2008
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Award-winning film documents life of an immigrant who dies on his way to the US.
13 January 2008 | by trex-19See all my reviews

This documentary takes the viewer into the Mexican home of a man shot on his way to a "better life" in the U.S.A. It does a good job of showing the emotions of the man's parents and numerous younger siblings as they are interviewed in their home and fireworks factory. There are interviews with Border Patrol Officers, vigilantes peering through binoculars, local law enforcement agents and city officials, but none of these people are responsible for the man's death. Instead, he is shot by a doddering old man and allowed to bleed to death because he knocked on a door and asked for water. Superb editing and musical choices keep the viewer interested in learning more about this man's life and the impact his leaving home and his violent death has on his family. The film does not offer an answer to the immigration problem but, rather, shows how it affects human beings on both sides of the border. I want to see more work by this team.


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