Calavera Highway

Director: Renee Tajima-Peña
Total Running Time: 88 minutes
Release Date: 2008
Website: http://www.calaverahighway.org/Calavera_Highway/Home.html
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Synopsis
When brothers Armando and Carlos Peña set off to carry their mother’s ashes to south Texas, their road trip turns into a quest for answers about a strangely veiled past. As they reunite with five other brothers, the two men try to piece together their family’s shattered history. Why was their mother cast out by her family? What happened to their father who disappeared during the notorious 1954 U.S. deportation program Operation Wetback? Calavera Highway is a sweeping story of seven Mexican-American men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood and a legacy of rootless beginnings. (POV website)

Awards
San Francisco International Film Festival – Golden Gate Award
Atlanta Docufest – Best Drama Documentary
San Diego Latino Film Festival – Best Feature Documentary
Chicago International Film Festival – Silver Hugo Award
PBS P.O.V. Series – National Broadcast

About The Filmmaker

Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Studies of the Social Documentation Program, Film & Digital Media Department at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her films address Asian American and immigrant/diaspora themes and have been shown at the Cannes... Read more ›

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