West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) September 19, 2006
Award winning filmmaker, John Carlos Frey’s documentary “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” exposes the subhuman conditions thousands of undocumented immigrants endure as they work to maintain the multi-million dollar homes and businesses of San Diego, CA.
Over two thousand laborers, mostly from central and southern Mexico, live without running water, electricity or sanitation in the clandestine canyons of northern San Diego County. Cost of living in the area is exorbitant so the migrants have built shacks made of plastic tarps, cardboard and scrap lumber. They live outdoors hidden in hillsides and dense vegetation. They provide a cheap source of labor for the rapidly growing local neighborhoods.
Frey spent over a year living with and getting to know the immigrants featured in the film. He followed them to work at construction sites, local farms and five star resorts. He accompanied them to Sunday services at a clandestine chapel built by the migrants deep in the heart of the canyon. He tracked their desperate circumstances as local citizens and law enforcement continued to demolish the migrant shacks and push them further from local neighborhoods. “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” is a never before seen expose of migrant life and the untold side of the immigration debate.
The film is now available on DVD and can only be purchased through non-profit organizations that are concerned with the issues of immigration, poverty, human rights and education. Fifty percent of all proceeds benefit participating organizations.
“The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” will be screened for Mexican and U.S. lawmakers as part of a binational conference on immigration in Mexico City October 13, 2006. The film will also screen for the National Center for Farmworker Health conference as well as The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice in November 2006
Produced and directed by John Carlos Frey. Executive Producer Jack Lorenz.
Total running time: 73 minutes.