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Archive for July 12th, 2013

Purgatorio

How should one view the US/Mexico border? Guest host Carolina Gonzalez talks to film director Rodrigo Reyes about his vision in his new documentary, Purgatorio.

 

Born in Mexico City in 1983, Rodrigo Reyes attended college in UC San Diego, as well as Madrid and Mexico City, earning degree in International Studies. Instead of following this career path, Reyes channeled his multi-cultural background in to becoming a filmmaker. Reyes has directed several documentaries exploring Mexico, including the experimental narrative Memories of the Future. In 2012, he was selected to the prestigious IFP Filmmaker Labs with his latest documentary Purgatorio. In 2013 this film premiered at the Guadalajara IFF as well as Los Angeles Film Festival to great reviews.

Asylum from Violence

After the kidnapping and beheading of the police chief in a Mexican border town, no one dared to replace him. But Marisol Valles Garcia, a twenty-year-old mother and student took the post as police chief in one of the most violent regions in the world. Today, she and her family are seeking political asylum in the U.S. Andres Caballero reports.

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Andrés Caballero has been an active contributor to Latino USA for more than a year. He holds a M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and a B.S. in Political Science from Notre Dame De Namur University. He covers issues that affect Latinos across the U.S., and he has also contributed to New America Media, the Hispanic Link News Service in Washington D.C., and El Tecolote in San Francisco.

Cross-border Custody

Reporter Jill Replogle tells us the story of one deported couple trying to get their child back from the United States. In collaboration with the Fronteras: Changing America Desk, a public radio collaboration in the southwest focusing on the border, immigration and changing demographics.

Image courtesy of Fronteras: Changing America Desk

 

 Jill Replogle is based in San Diego and reports on the US-Mexico border, immigration, changing demographics and environment.

 

A Crossing Reopened

The Mexican village of Boquillas celebrates the re-opening of a border crossing that had been sealed since 9/11. Lorne Matalon reports in partnership with the Fronteras: Changing America Desk, a public radio collaboration in the southwest focusing on the border, immigration and changing demographics.

Image Courtesy of Lorne Matalon, Fronteras: Changing America Desk

Lorne Matalon is a contributing reporter at Fronteras a consortium of NPR member stations in the Southwest examining demographics, economy and culture on the US-Mexico border. Based in Mexico City for three years as a correspondent for The World, co-produced by the BBC World Service and WGBH Boston, he also reports on border issues at NPR station KRTS, Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, Texas.

Yelping the Border

What do you think of your local border crossing? Well, now you can tell the world on Yelp. We talk with editorial cartoonist and Pocho.com editor Lalo Alcaraz.

 

 


Lalo Alcaraz is the creator of the first nationally-syndicated, politically-themed Latino daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” seen in scores of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times. He is also co-host of KPFK Radio’s popular satirical talk show, “The Pocho Hour of Power,” and co-founded the political satire comedy group Chicano Secret Service. His work has appeared in major publications around the world and he has won numerous awards and honors. Alcaraz received his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and earned his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. Alcaraz was born in San Diego and grew up on the border.

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