Alambrista Multimedia Project

Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants

Robert M. Young's critically acclaimed 110-minute film Alambrista (1977) depicts the harsh realities of Mexican life on both sides of the border. When first released, Alambrista received critical praise and a number of awards, including a Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The University of New Mexico Press has packaged a new director's cut of the film on DVD with a book of essays devoted to immigration and the U.S.–Mexican borderlands. Also included is an enhanced CD of the totally new musical score by "Dr. Loco and Los Tiburones del Norte."

Named a Book of the Year, 2004, in the Tucson-Pima County Public Library Southwest Books of the Year.



Alambrista and the U.S.-Mexico Border: Film, Music, and Stories of Undocumented Immigrants

Nicholas J. Cull, Editor
Davíd Carrasco, Editor

This collection of essays by such distinguished scholars as Albert Camarillo, Richard Griswold del Castillo, Daniel Groody, Teresa Carrillo, Howie Movshovitz, Bill Ong Hing, José Cuellar, Cordelia Candelaria, and the editors, covers topics from the history of mexicano immigration and the influence of Cesar Chavez to contemporary immigration issues and concerns on both sides of the borders and the place of this film in contemporary film and religious studies.

ISBN #: 0-8263-3375-3 (Package:   hardcover, CD, DVD ) 
0-8263-3376-1 (Package:   paperback, CD, DVD )
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Film Description :

¡Alambrista! The Director’s Cut
(Dir. Robert M. Young, USA, 1977/2004, Drama, 110 mins.) A classic in the Chicano film canon on the Mexican immigrant experience. Following the birth of his first child, a young Mexican slips across the border into the United States in search of the American dream for himself and his family. He finds heartbreak, exploitation, and disappointment, but also friendship, affection, and help along the way. The new director's cut includes new scenes, improved sound track, English/Spanish subtitles, and interviews with the director, scholars and other participants, plus a new musical score by Dr. Loco and his Tiburones del Norte.


Live Musical Performance of Alambrista Cumbia

Event: Dr. Loco's Tribute to Cesar E. Chavez

Date: March 26, 2004

Venue: State Theater, Modesto, CA.

Coming Soon


Radio Station: KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley CA
Show: Radio 2050, with host DJ Aztec Parrot
Original Broadcast Date: March 13th 2004

Robert M. Young's hard hitting depiction of the struggle of an undocumented immigrant making his journey north from Mexico "Alambrista" is slated for re-release in June 2004. Radio 2050 interviews Dr. Jose Cuellar a.k.a. Dr. Loco about his contribution to the films DVD.

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University of New Mexico Press
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Made possible by the generous support of:

The Ford Foundation

The Center for Regional Studies, University of New Mexico