This 2011 film, described as part documentary and part concert film, examines the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead with elaborate celebrations featuring skull-painted faces, parades, homemade altars, special pastries and cemetery picnics. The film examines this honored tradition in Tucson, Arizona, a city with a unique cultural connection to both sides of the border.
Home to a Latino population that comprises 42 percent of the city, Tucson is a city that is no stranger to Mexican traditions — or undocumented migrants passing through to El Norte.
The intended irony of the film is that while one tradition remembers the deceased, the current immigration policy — whereby immigrants feel forced to risk their lives to enter the country without the proper paperwork by crossing harsh deserts along the Arizona/Mexico border — is creating more deaths of people whose families may never feel they can celebrate Dia de los Muertos.
For these families, their loved ones have simply disappeared.