I watched a movie last night that caught my eye at Blockbuster. I’d never heard of it and after watching, I want everyone to see it.
The name of the movie is “A Day Without a Mexican“. The film addresses the subtle prejudices that many hold: Using the term, “Mexican” to describe anyone of Latino origin. Someone ignorantly mentioned speaking “Mexican” instead of Spanish. The assumption of many that by looking at an individual one can determine their immigration status. The film took place in the state of California and a mysterious fog around the state has stopped all communication outside of the state. People wake up to find no one of Latino heritage remaining in the state except one newscaster, Lila.
A scene in the film showed a Border Patrol Officer on camera agreeing with a “MinuteMan-like” group of protesters who claimed that “Mexicans were stealing American jobs.” Cut to a scene of an orange grove minus the regular migrant workers. The orange crop remains on the trees – there are no competent workers to pick the fruit.
The film went on to show how schools were closed (20% of teachers in California are of Latino heritage)based on the absence of Latino teachers. Supermarket shelves quickly emptied of fresh produce and restaurants were forced to closed due to a lack of supplies and workers.
A state senator had to assume the role of acting governor since the Latino politicians in office were all gone. His wife was forced to actually fix breakfast and deal with laundry since their Latino nanny disappeared.
Latino businesses were looted since their owners weren’t there to watch the stores. Major league baseball had to cancel games since many starting rosters include superstar players of Latino heritage, leading to a riot outside the ballfield.
The movie occasionally cuts to a professor quoting statistics on Latinos in California. (It’s improtant to see how spin doctors in 2005 have used edited statistics to create a mob mentality of hate in this country)
I won’t give away the ending.
Take 98 minutes of your life and give this film a try.