History Department
History Department

Film: "A Better Life," introduced by Alberto García Maldonado (Faces of Migration: Classic and Contemporary Feature Film Series)

Tue, January 23, 2018 | CLA 1.302B

7:00 PM

A Better Life
(2011, United States, dir.: Chris Weitz)

Chris Weitz directs this affecting drama about an illegal immigrant who struggles to give his teenage son a better life by working as a gardener in Los Angeles. Determined to move out of the city in order to get his son away from gangs and into a decent school, the devoted father comes into possession of a truck that allows him to earn a better income by taking more gardening jobs. But with immigration agents on every corner and vicious gangsters trying to lure his son into a life of crime, it's a constant struggle just to survive in such an unforgiving city without being deported.

Introduced by Alberto García Maldonado, Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, with a discussion afterward. Watch the trailer.

Migration is a deeply human experience across all parts of the world, even as specific conditions of need, gender, geography, culture, and coercion frame particular journeys. The feature films in this series capture the emotions and stories of migrants in a multitude of settings. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member and followed by discussion of the film and the questions it raises about migration as a common experience that can both divide and unite us.

Films will be screened alternate Tuesdays in CLA, Glickman Conference Center. 7 pm. Parking: Brazos Garage, 210 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.. Open to the UT Austin community and the public.


Presented by Not Even PastThe Department of History, and Institute of Historical Studies, with generous co-sponsorship of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American StudiesCenter for Mexican American StudiesCenter for European StudiesCenter for East Asian StudiesCenter for Asian American StudiesDepartment of American StudiesDepartment of Radio-Television-Film, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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