La americana | The American
USA, Documentary, 2008
70 min, MiniDV, Color
Spanish and English with English subtitles
Regal Metropolitan 11
Friday, April 18, 9 PM
La americana is an intimate film following Carmen, an undocumented immigrant who journeys from Bolivia to New York City and back, struggling to support the disabled daughter she left behind. When she begins the seemingly impossible struggle to legalize her immigration status in the US, personal and political tragedies converge.
Filmed in three countries and told in a compelling cinema vérité style, Carmen’s unforgettable and all too familiar story is woven into the current immigration reform debate in the United States, putting a human face on the divisive issue of “amnesty.”
Activist and filmmaker Nicholas Bruckman recently graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Purchase College, where he also managed the college cable TV station, Purchase TV. His thesis documentary short, Kashmir: Voices of Occupation, earned him the statewide SUNY Chancellor's Award. Bruckman recently received a Reach Film Fellowship grant to direct and produce his next documentary, The Grey Movie, an examination of several modern-day revolutionaries in New York City. This is his first feature film.
Producers: Nicholas Bruckman, Jesse Thomas
Production Company: People’s Television
Screenwriters: Jesse Thomas, Justin Thomas, Nicholas Bruckman, John Mattiuzzi
Cinematographer: Justin Thomas
Editors: Justin Thomas, John Mattiuzzi
Music by: Eric Liebman