A Day Without a Mexican

Year: 2004
Production Co: Eye on the Ball Films
Director: Sergio Arau
Writer: Sergio Arau/Yareli Arizmendi/Sergio Guerrero

I fancied watching this because of the sci-fi aspect. Based on a short film of the same name it has a great premise when a strange fog descends upon the borders of the state of California one day, cutting the state off from the rest of the world. Even stranger is when everyone of Latin American descent disappears.

Ostensibly it's a comment on how critical the (often illegal) working class of Mexicans and Latinos are to the economy of the US west coast. But as food and supplies run down - to say nothing of the people who usually handle and distribute them - the situation gets desperate.

Using mockumentary, traditional and news footage, it paints a fairly interesting tale as a few different plot threads are woven together. A tolerant farmhand who's always employed Mexicans battles with his racist son, a newscaster who seems to be the only Latino left grapples with the vanishing of her family and far and wide people are left without gardeners, waiters and the rest of the service industries LA society runs on.

I've read a couple of bad reviews of the film but I thought the premise was enough to keep the strands of story going while I waited to see what caused the strange event or how it was resolved. As a micro-budgeted movie, the few scenes of effects are hardly worth mentioning, but it's worth watching.

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