Alex Rivera

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Staff picks Papapapá
Alex Rivera

26 Minutes

Staff Picks

January 1–31, 2022

Papapapá is an experimental documentary that takes a humorous look at race and immigration, television and nostalgia, distance and the many ways people deal with it.

Papapapá is one of three shorts by Alex Rivera, alongside Dia de la Independencia (1997) and Why Cybraceros? (1997), presented on e-flux Video & Film as the January 2022 edition of Staff picks. Watch the other films here.

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Film, Race & Ethnicity, Migration & Immigration
Racism, USA, Mass Media & Entertainment, Memory
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Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who’s been telling ground-breaking Latino stories for more than twenty years. His first feature film Sleep Dealer, a cyberpunk thriller set in Tijuana, Mexico, won multiple awards at Sundance and was screened around the world. Rivera’s second feature film, a documentary/scripted hybrid set in an immigrant detention center, The Infiltrators, won both the Audience Award and the Innovator Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the US in 2020. Rivera’s work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Creative Capital, the Open Society Institute, and many others.

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