Alambrista!

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Young's first feature. Functioning here as writer, director and cameraman, he spent over a year living among Mexican wet-backs in the US Southwest to discover what it actually feels like working illegally, and in voluntary exile, for a society barely conscious of your existence, far less your rights. His discoveries, though nothing new, remain disturbing: workers housed and transported in sub-animal conditions, slowly bled of their dignity and culture. Yet for all his righteous indignation, Alambrista! fails to ignite. The fictional characters through whom he dramatises his observations appear too stereotyped, caught in as many clich├ęs as the film is trying to fight.

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Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert M Young
Screenwriter: Robert M Young
Cast: Domingo Ambriz
Trinidad Silva
Linda Gillin
Ned Beatty
Paul Berrones
George Smith
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