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Dia de la Independencia

Alex Rivera

Staff picks Dia de la Independencia
Alex Rivera
1997

1 Minutes

Staff picks

Date
January 1–31, 2022

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Dia de la Independencia is a satirical movie trailer that mimics the cinematic obsession with “alien invasions” (e.g. Men In Black, Starship Troopers, and of course, Independence Day). The xenophobic undertones of anti-alien sci-fi are inverted by imagining a racialized, righteous, alien invasion from South of the Border.

Dia de la Independencia is one of three shorts by Alex Rivera, alongside Papapapá (1995) 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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Category
Film, Migration & Immigration, Labor & Work
Subject
Science Fiction, Mexico, Racism
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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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