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Why Cybraceros?
1997
Color
5 minutes
US
Why Cybraceros?
Why Cybraceros? takes the form of a mock promotional film. It is based on a promotional film produced in the late 1940s by the California Growers’ Council, titled "Why Braceros?" This film justified the use of braceros, or temporary Mexican farmhands. Using footage from this old industrial to outline the history of the Bracero Program in the United States, the piece shifts gears mid-way as the narrator advocates a futuristic Bracero Program in which only the labor is imported to the United States while the workers themselves are left at home in Mexico. Telecommuting back and forth over the high-speed Internet, there is no difference between rich and poor. This is a future in which everyone can work from home, even braceros.
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