When the Other is a Bitch

  • 06/26/2012
  • Terelle Jerricks

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  • Americano
  • Opens June 15th, 2012

Upon hearing the news of his mother’s death, Martin leaves his life in France and returns to America to settle her affairs. Martin’s mother left her apartment to the mysterious Lola, an illegal immigrant who was deported back to Mexico. Wishing to honor his mother’s last request by delivering Lola’s inheritance and to satiate his own curiosity, Martin crosses the Mexican border and eventually finds Lola working at a brothel in Tijuana. But things are not what they seem.

Subscribing to ideas of national identity defined by geographical borders often leads to a type of blindness where Americano citizens can’t see their own struggles in the eyes of non citizens leading to a reality without empathy. Additionally, this story explores the way that exotification allows and even encourages men and women to render superficial understandings of each other. The Lola we see is the Lola we want to see. This film features Mathieu Demy and Salma Hayek.

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