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Calavera Highway

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PBS Premiere: September 16, 2008


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. Produced in association with American Documentary | P.O.V. A co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting. Funded in part by Center for Asian American Media with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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TAGS: fatherhood, hispanic, immigration, latin american, masculinity, mexican american

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Film Information

Calavera Highway (90 min.)

Premiere Date: September 16, 2008

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Trailer: Link

Filmmakers: Renee Tajima-Peña, Evangeline Griego Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Fact Sheet | Press Release


Renee Tajima-Peña
Renee Tajima-Peña
Evangeline Griego
Evangeline Griego

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