"Community collaboration is the most important aspect of my work," said Director David Riker. Riker approached the making of THE CITY (LA CIUDAD) in a truly innovative way. After learning Spanish, he worked for over a year in Latino neighborhoods, handing out early morning coffee to day laborers. Eventually he gained the community's trust, and they became an integral part of the film's development process, attending workshops where they could creatively express their own stories.
In an interview with David Riker, the director describes the process and shares anecdotes from the people he worked with and came to know as friends.