International border crossing as a daily constant is an unusual life habit. Particularly when Mexican urban dwellers do so to work as agricultural laborers in the United States. In a time ...
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International border crossing as a daily constant is an unusual life habit. Particularly when Mexican urban dwellers do so to work as agricultural laborers in the United States. In a time when drug trafficking has debilitated U.S. - Mexico relations and foreign migration has taken the political center stage in America, 'El Field' contributes to the discussion by providing a portrait in motion of the migrant workers and the industry that employs them. The antithesis of the urban decadent and lawless border imagery dispensed in recent years by the media, 'El Field' excels as a vital piece of historic information that exemplifies bilateral border relationship as a stunning, complex, and many times chaotic symbiosis. One worthy to be observed, understood, but above all, cherished.Written by
A great documentary should document, not persuade or conceptually explain the world to me. It should show me a piece of life I might otherwise not have access to. If it's effective, the vicarious experience will feel real. Ultimately, I, the viewer, will feel more connected to life as a whole.
By this guideline, "El Field" is a surprising, refreshing view of the lives of Mexican migrant workers that allows the viewer to step into their world, to join them on the bus ride from Mexicali to the industrial farm in California where they work, performing their normal, day to day activities, and taking a tour, beholding all the beauty that lies therein, the beauty of the prosaic, the beauty of the bucolic, the beauty that is life.
When I stood up to leave the theater at the end of the film, I felt as though I had spent the day with a friend who had taken me along with them to work. In my heart, I felt the beauty underlying their daily work routine.
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