- Posted May 15, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Being Latino in America
Life in Zona Norte
My short film with Michael Hemmingson is at the Cannes Festival Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival. Won a grant from Real Idea Studios to produce this film for Cannes.
My film is called 'Life in Zona Norte'
Zona Norte is the name for the red light district in Tijuana, Mexico, with streetwalkers, clubs, hotels, and brothels run by the drug cartels. Among the debauchery are Mexican citizens attempting to earn an honest living: the taco cart vendor, the shoe shine men, and children playing accordions.
This short documentary aims to reveal, in images and mini-interviews,
a typical day in this part of Tijuana (Zona Norte), with a focus on
people who earn a living around the sex trade but not in the sex
trade: the outdoors taco stand vendor, the shoe-shine men, the café
owners. They area often has children playing accordions for money, or
children running around and playing for fun, zig-zagging about the
hundreds of streetwalkers, or las parditas. Prostitution is not
hidden in Tijuana: it is legal, culturally acceptable, and a
significant part of Tijuana’s tourist trade revenue. But what of those
who make a living around them? What are their lives like? Why have
they chose to work among the hookers? This documentary engages such