An observational documentary on Mexican-American identity that challenges audiences to think about native culture and immigration in a whole new way. “Under the Bridge” reveals a cultural revolution that has refused to go away.
Chicano Park was created in 1970 when residents of San Diego’s Barrio Logan objected to the building of a Highway Patrol Substation in their neighbourhood. They had been promised a park on that land, under the bridge. Frustrated with the status quo and inspired by the Black Civil Rights movement, let down by the Church and city officials, Chicano artists, musicians, poets, students and residents joined forces and demanded justice.
Originally part of the Mexican Territory that was ‘sold’ to the US, Californian Chicanos continue to feel socially, economically and culturally marginalised in the native lands of their forefathers. Not afforded the ‘native’ status of recognised US indigenous tribes, their struggle for cultural equality continues to this day.
Broadcast: 2012 – KPBS, San Diego
Language: English and some Spanish
Running time: 59 mins
Watch online: www.hulu.com/under-the-bridge
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