Fronterilandia (1995) and The Border in the Popular Imagination of the U.S. and Mexico



This DVD examines the multiple points of cultural contact between the United States and Mexico. From the Santa Barbara Fiestas and South Carolina’s kitschy “South of the Border” tourist complex, to a Mexican Beatles cover band and Chicano rap, this film reveals the borderlands as a laboratory of hybridity that continues to ignite the popular imagination of each nation. Working at the boundaries of experimental film and documentary travelogue, this film weaves together found footage, interviews, performance art, and music video, producing a masterful commentary that is at once poetic, disturbing and hilarious. Includes appearances by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Aztlán Underground, among others. Also includes important bonus material on border culture and the filmmakers.

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Co-directed and edited by Jesse Lerner and Rubén Ortiz Torres

Original musical composition by Gabriela Ortiz

Chicano Cinema and Media Art Series, Volume 4

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press, March 2005. Originally released March 1995.

77 minutes

English, Spanish

Genre: Documentary

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