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THE CITY (LA CIUDAD) presents four vignettes depicting the struggles of Latin American immigrants in New York City. Beautifully shot in black and white, the separate stories - "Bricks," "Home," "The Puppeteer" and "Seamstress" - are connected by images from a studio photographer shooting portraits of the people in his community.

man combing hair

boy posing for photo

Images of an old man... a young girl... a young man primping in the mirror lead into "Bricks," a tale of a young day laborer killed when a wall collapses where he is scavanging for bricks.

The portrait photographer tries to get a young boy to look up for the camera before "Home," the story of two young Mexican immigrants from the same village who fall in love in the U.S. and lose one another in the dizzying world of a housing project.

An older man enters the photographer's studio, his lip trembling as he looks at a photo of a young girl... introducing "The Puppeteer," about the travails of a homeless father and daughter as they try to enroll the girl in school.

the puppeteer

the seamstress

While getting her picture taken, a somber young woman smiles at the sound of a baby crying, which opens "Seamstress," the story of an immigrant mother desperately trying to get paid her overdue wages so she can send money home to treat her sick daughter.

The faces in THE CITY reflect the Spanish-speaking immigrants' diverse cultural heritage: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Carribean. Their experiences are both similar and unique: each story conveys the powerful emotions that bind us together as human beings. At the same time, the tales highlight the alienation and confusion that often accompanies the immigrant experience - newcomers in an unfamiliar land of tall buildings and complex regulations.

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