b-the change: See “Harry Potter” AND “A Better Life”- a powerful film about undocumented family from the director of “Twilight”
We know you’ve been waiting for Harry Potter forever, but make sure you support the film A Better Life!
Undocumented stories are being told. Just recently, award-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out of the shadows. For years, the Dreamers – the students actively fighting for the Dream Act – have been sharing their stories. And now, A Better Life is bringing the story of an undocumented family to mainstream theaters.
A Better Life is a beautifully told story about an undocumented Mexican gardener named Carlos Galindo (played by Demian Bichir) who does everything that he can to give his son, Luis (played by Jose Julian) a better life. As an undocumented immigrant living in a rough East L.A. neighborhood, Carlos tries to stay invisible and struggles to work outside of the system while simultaneously trying to keep Luis in school and away from gangs. The film captures how being undocumented may chip away at one’s inner being. “All he does is work,” director Chris Weitz said of the character Carlos. “He is invisible — and he prefers to remain invisible. Because to raise his head is to risk getting in trouble.” (LA Times.) To see a full trailer, click here.
In an interview with director Weitz, he calls A Better Life “the “biggest movie he has ever made,” considering he has directed hits such as “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “About a Boy,” and “The Golden Compass.” However, Weitz explained that the subject matter is far more important than any other he has addressed as a filmmaker.
Check out A Better Life’s Facebook page here.
Click here to listen to an interview with Chris Weitz and Demian Bichir on their own thoughts on the film!
July 12, 2011 by Maya
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