The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law


Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Family, Latino/Chicano, Politics

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The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside the Law

This series of four videos explores Hock’s growing friendship and empathy with his Mexican neighbors, his acceptance into their community, and an examination of their day-to-day struggles.

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Louis Hock, El Gringo
The first installment of The Mexican Tapes: A Chronicle of Life Outside focuses on Hock’s status in the community. At first Hock is the “outsider,” the tourist who doesn’t understand his neighbors’ jokes. It's only months later that he becomes a...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: latino/chicano

El Rancho Grande
In the second installment of The Mexican Tapes, Hock begins to participate more in the family life of La Colonia, attending baptisms and helping shop for new cars. Hock interviews the white residents of the complex who resist the Mexican community,...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: latino/chicano

The Winner's Circle and la Migra
As documented in The Winner’s Circle and la Migra (the emigrant), the move north brings many changes to family life, specifically mothers going to work and children learning English in school. Hock explores the fact that women often adapt more...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: family, latino/chicano, politics

La Lucha
In La Lucha (the fight), families struggle to cope with frequent deportations and the constant threat of INS sweeps that, in the end, completely dismantle the community. Following up two years later, Hock reports their triumphs and setbacks. The...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: latino/chicano, politics

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