¡Alambrista!

¡Alambrista!

Directed by Robert M. Young • 1977 • United States
Starring Domingo Ambriz, Trinidad Silva, Linda Gillin

In ¡ALAMBRISTA!, a Mexican farmworker sneaks across the border to California to make money to send to his family back home. It is a story that happens every day, told here in an uncompromising, groundbreaking work of realism from American independent filmmaker Robert M. Young. Vivid and spare where other films about illegal immigration might sentimentalize, Young’s take is equal parts intimate character study and gripping road movie, a political work that never loses sight of the complex man at its center. ¡ALAMBRISTA!, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s inaugural Caméra d'Or in 1978, remains one of the best films ever made on this perennially relevant topic.

¡Alambrista!
  • ¡Alambrista!

    Directed by Robert M. Young • 1977 • United States
    Starring Domingo Ambriz, Trinidad Silva, Linda Gillin

    In ¡ALAMBRISTA!, a Mexican farmworker sneaks across the border to California to make money to send to his family back home. It is a story that happens every day, told here in an uncompromisin...

Extras

  • Edward James Olmos on ¡ALAMBRISTA!

    Edward James Olmos's role in ¡ALAMBRISTA! was one of the earliest screen appearances by this groundbreaking actor, director, and producer. In this interview, recorded in 2010, Olmos discusses the work of his longtime friend director Robert M. Young and the importance of ¡ALAMBRISTA!

  • Children of the Fields

    Robert M. Young’s documentary short CHILDREN OF THE FIELDS, produced for the Xerox Corporation’s television series “Come Over to My House” in 1973, became a key source of research for his first feature film, ¡ALAMBRISTA!.

  • Robert M. Young on CHILDREN OF THE FIELDS

    Robert M. Young’s documentary short CHILDREN OF THE FIELDS, produced for the Xerox Corporation’s television series “Come Over to My House” in 1973, became a key source of research for his first feature film, ¡ALAMBRISTA!. Presented here is a video interview with Young.