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This is a short film recreating a working class apartment moments before, during, and after an ICE Raid. It will be one camera motion dollying out on a cup of coffee, slowly revealing the apartment and the ensuing chaos and violence incurred from the raid. In emphasizing an element of desaparecido (disappearing or being taken), the audience experiences the raid through the camera motion reveal, and the audio design.

The piece works in existing in a multiple spaces of time, that are divided in two moments: the beginning, middle, and end of the raid (done in sound design), and the overall aftermath (as revealed in the camera motion). These two elements are reconciled into a singular narrative existing in present time when the camera finishes its exit out of the front door of the apartment (having been torn open [violence]) and the sound design concludes with a small child, who had been in hiding and now left behind, stepping into frame.

The sound design is the child's auditory experience; it is also representative of the present living in the echoes and conclusion of the past. "We live in the product of inter-generational violence."

Andrés Vázquez
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Andrew Vasquez is a writer and director from Los Angeles. He received his MFA in Film Production from the School of Cinematic Arts (USC). He is a co-founder of the Latinx production company BRACERO, creating with collaborators such as Black Lives Matter, and CicLAvia, and the LA Philharmonic. Previously, he was a teaching artist with the nonprofit organization Films by Youth Inside, providing arts education and social justice advocacy for incarcerated and indigenous youth. His project, Camisa Al Revés, was an official selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival (2018). His work has premiered on Remezcla and NPR Music ALT LATINO. His original play, Ciudadano Desaparecido, was commissioned and presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association for the program Latino Americans: 500 Years of U.S. History. He is a 2020 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow.

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