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2501 Migrants

Yolanda Cruz    Unrated   DVD

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Daily, thousands of primarily poor and young indigenous Mexicans abandon their native homes. They start voyages to the 'first world' in search of jobs and the hope of a brighter future--or, indeed, any economic future at all. In their wake, they leave behind the hollow footprints of a cultural and domestic abandonment. 2501 Migrants illustrates this through the story of Alejandro Santiago, a middle-aged artist and family man from Oaxaca, Mexico.

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Daily, Thousands Of Primarily Poor And Young Indigenous Mexicans Abandon Their Native Homes. They Start Voyages To The First World In Search Of Jobs And The Hope Of A Brighter Future - Or, Any Economic Future At All. In Their Wake, They Leave Behind The Hollow Footprints Of A Cultural And Domestic Abandonment. 2,501 Migrants: A Journey Illustrates This Through The Story Of Alejandro Aantiago, A Middle-Aged Artist And Family Man From Oaxaca, Mexico. Relatively Affluent And Erudite, Alejandro Returns Home After A Brief Self-Exile In France. But Upon Arrival To His Native Teococuilco, He Is Struck By What He Perceives As A Virtual Ghost Town. Alejandro Experiences, First Hand, The Reality That Oaxaca Has Emerged As One Of Mexico'S Leading Exporters Of Human Labor To The United States. Inspired By This, He Decides To Create A Monumental Installation Art Piece: 2,501 Life-Size Sculptures - An Homage To Each Individual Migrant Who Left His Village. Filmmaker And Native Oaxacan, Yolanda Cruz, Explores The Questions Of Art And An Indigenous Community In The Context Of Global Migration And How That Impacts The Roots And Livelihood Of A Small Village. Alejandro'S Quiet Demeanor And Passion For Art Is Celebrated And Captured As Respectfully And Beautifully As Each Individual Sculpture. His Passion And His Knowledge Is Shared With Those Who Have Stayed Behind. They'Ve Dedicated Their Lives To This Installation In Honor Of Their Small Oaxacan Town. Special Features: Additional Interviews, Deleted Scenes, Slide Show, Trailers

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Enjoyable and A Great Tribute Sept. 14 2010
By Tracey - Published on Amazon.com
This is a wonderful documentary that not only tells a beautiful story about artist Aljeandro Santiago, but gives perspective on what happens to a town when a majority of its villagers have left. If you are of Mexican heritage or interested in Mexican culture, art, immigration and/or documentaries, this is highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So Human, So Beautiful Sept. 27 2011
By John Collis - Published on Amazon.com
What a challenging and emotional project this must have been. I feel very lucky to have seen this at all. Viva Mexico!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art and immigration issues April 17 2013
By Nancy Chinn - Published on Amazon.com
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What an art series! Great idea, good to hear about migration issues from a Mexican point of view. I have watched it three times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rest in Peace July 31 2013
By Carabel - Published on Amazon.com
The artist featured in the film died at 49 years old. My condolences to this artists family and friends. The movie illustrated an ambitious artist with a great vision. He will be greatly missed.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite contemporary artist film Sept. 5 2010
By Cruz - Published on Amazon.com
This is absolutely is by far the best film about clay migrant statues ever made!!!

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