Written by Sara Michelle Fetters
Normally this would be too small a title for me to include, but I have to say this little documentary really blew me away something fierce so I’m listing it in this week’s column all the same. The film follows Alejandro Santiago, a middle-aged artist from Oaxaca, Mexico who returns home after a brief exile in France to find a virtual ghost town. Everyone has left to become a day laborer in the United States leaving storefronts vacant and homes empty. Inspired by this, he creates 2,501 life-size human sculptures to represent all of the migrant workers who have left the town, turning his entire village into a gigantic piece of art as well as poignant political statement.
This movie moved me to tears, director Yolanda Cruz doing a wonderful job telling balancing all of the myriad tales going on inside her film.