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A day without a Mexican

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Martina Del Romano

on 9 December 2013

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Transcript of A day without a Mexican

A day without a Mexican
Half a mockumentary, half fiction, this movie offers a satirical look at the consequences of all the Mexicans in the state of California suddenly disappearing (with a mysterious "pink fog" surrounding the state preventing any communication or movement with the outside world). A series of characters show the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California's economy, law enforcement and education systems as well as the resulting social unrest.
Where the wild stereotypes are..
One's ignorance is often measured by how many stereotypes one can put into a sentence.
Reactions: before and after
Cultural meaning of immigration in U.S.
(beside José)
Strictly speaking, there are no evident cultural clashes. What the movie shows is a culture's ignorance and blindness regarding another

Two scenes showing how reactions change before and after the disappearance
Discrimination against Mexicans
The Senator

The border patrol
How it should be
A few numbers
to put things in perspective
60% of California's construction workers are Hispanic
20% of California's K-12 teachers are Hispanic
Texas, California, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado used to be part of Mexico
There are 40 states across the border, not just Mexico.
and more
"How do you make the invisible visible?"

"You take it away"
The Hat Debacle
Are they even human?
The point of no return.
"They are illegal Mexicans from Guatemala or Honduras"
No difference between Latino/Mexican/Hispanic/other ethnicities

Everyone crossing the Mexico Border is an illegal immigrant

Immigrants don't respect their new home

"Cinco de Mayo is the fastest growing Latino celebration"
- it's Mexican! -
"White people are disappearing and it's our Country. They come here and take our jobs, they get our welfare, they bring their drugs into this country and they steal.
They steal our way of life."
"We're Americans, simply defending our lands and our Country from people crossing that border without permission"
look who's here
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