Land of Cranes with Aida Salazar

Oct 5, 2021, 7:00 pm

Join the Glendale Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library for an evening with the powerful Aida Salazar, author of Land of Cranes and the Moon Within, and Marcos Nieves, director of Zoila.

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Nine-year-old Betita knows she is a crane. Papi has told her the story, even before her family fled to Los Angeles to seek refuge from cartel violence in Mexico. He says that Betita and her family are cranes that have returned to their promised land, Aztlán, land of the cranes. But one day, Papi is arrested by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deported to Mexico. Betita and her pregnant mother are left behind on their own, but soon they too are detained and must learn to survive in a family detention camp. Even in cruel and inhumane conditions, Betita finds heart in her own poetry and in the community she and her mother find in the camp. Their voices fly above the hatred keeping them caged, but each day threatens to tear them down lower than they ever thought they could be. Will Betita and her family ever be whole again?

From the author of The Moon Within comes a heartbreaking story in verse of those subjected to unimaginable cruelty, yet who still find the hope to dream and carry on.

Zoila By Marcos Nieves | 2020 | 3 min | Short
Despite her age, an elderly Salvadoran immigrant woman pushes her cart through the streets of Los Angeles, selling clothes to support herself and hoping to one day have her own stand.

Marcos Nieves is a queer and Mexican immigrant director, DP, and editor. He began his work as an immigrant activist and social justice filmmaker. He directed and co-produced his first documentary, Almost American (2010), which screened at the Newport Beach Film Festival. He was a fellow at Brave New Films, where his short digital documentary, Preying on Puerto Rico (2016), went viral within hours and reached over 7 million views. He went on to creating other viral videos that have reached over 30 million views. In 2017 he directed The Right to Thrive: Immigrant Voices in Healthcare, a three-part documentary series commissioned by The California Immigrant Policy Center. In 2018, he directed “Police Brutality,” a short documentary in the Decolonize Justice series funded by Latino Justice. In the last decade, he has created short documentaries on immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, healthcare access, HIV education, educational justice, economic inequality, wage theft, mass incarceration, and more. He is a member of the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective and a co-founder of La Producción, a production company run by undocumented immigrants. His most recent work, Zoila (2020), had its premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He is now working on his next project My Queerceañera (2021).
IG/Twitter: @SoyMarcosNieves

This program is made possible with support from The Sundance Film Festival, The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Utah, The Salt Lake City Public Library, and Utah Humanities.

Salt Lake City Public Library, Glendale Branch

1375 S Concord St
Salt Lake City , UT 84104-2925
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