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And The Earth Did Not Swallow Him

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FROM THE NOVEL BY TOMAS RIVERA

A Haunting Remembrance of Chicano Family Life in the 1950s

Brilliantly adapted from Tomás Rivera s acclaimed novel y no se lo tragó la tierra, this is a haunting and powerful film about a young Mexican-American boy s coming of age amid the poverty and adversity he and his family face as migrant farm workers in the 1950s. Twelve-year-old Marcos hides under a house, recalling the fragmented, painful memories of his family s transient life the year before. A series of moving and simultaneously disturbing episodes unfold into a poignant story of inner strength and human values vs. blind faith. After seeing innocent workers die in the fields, his family nearly killed by heat exhaustion, and the atrocities committed by the couple in whose care he is entrusted, Marcos has little faith left in the superstitions which rule his family s life and is willing to make a deal with the devil to change his destiny. Beautifully photographed with a genuine feel for the period, ...and the earth did not swallow him vividly portrays a forgotten part of American history and the troubles, injustices and tribulations of the people who lived through it. With its superb acting, rich characterizations and intuitive direction, this is a poetic, deeply touching tale of human fortitude: a triumph of the human spirit that will inspire generations to come.

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AN EPIC STORY OF SURVIVAL... Affecting and beautifully photographed. --Kevin Thomas, LOS ANGELES TIMES

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jose Federico
  • Directors: Severo Perez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E1821I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I teach a H.S. Spanish IV course. Part of my curriculum is the Chicano Movement and we read the novel this film was created from. The novel has created such great conversation and interest. We also view this film. It is a very good depiction of the novel - although the novel in itself could be interpreted in many ways. This novel is written in both English and Spanish so could be used in a variety of language courses. It is a MUST in teaching Chicano History, life of migrant workers, immigration, Mexican-American History....... etc.
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This movie kept it down to earth. I like those types of movies that don't have to much superficialities. The scene editing style and cinematography kept me interested and in the grace of the writers original idea. The original idea it seems is a struggle between letting one's self be indulged in the hardships of examining the self or being overburden with the struggles which one faces, considering what this boy is thrown at him. The boy is given the complexities of being a Mexican who smells like lice medication ( in some instances of our current time some kids don't even have toothpaste , so one can hastily imagine that this could be an analogy as well ). The boy is forced to move in with a stationary migrant couple who are bootleggers and even conspired the murder of another migrant worker. The movie also conveys that there were caucasian people who sympathized with some of the racist attitudes of the mid western farm belts. It was great to see this because all too often some movies are motivational factors towards more hate and reverse discrimination. My self , I need a re-affirmations in movies which tell the story of caucasians or Schindlers who harbor in their hearts some sort of sympathy factor. This movie has many funny scenes as well.
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I'm a tenth grade English teacher. We read House on Mango Street. I seldom show movies in class, but the kids needed a break. I ordered this movie and it was a great companion movie. I ordered it and it came within 3 days! Amazing!
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By Lee on February 16, 2016
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Well done!!! Having worked in the fields as a child, I could taste the dirt and sweat, feel their thirst and the baking heat, and remember the flies and mosquitoes. And, yes, lice. Life was hard back then. This film gives a glimpse of what it was like. When we got paid for what we did (piece work), we could make pretty good money. The sugar beet farmer in this movie has to have been the spawn of the devil. There were some farmers and ranchers who were decent, and others simply awful. God bless all the people who have been treated unjustly. And, God bless the farmers and ranchers who were fair. By the way, my brother and I were often the only Caucasians working in the orchards and cutting sheds in the late 40s and early 50s.
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By A. Valdez on February 15, 2013
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First saw this on PBS, the wicked caretaker played by Lupe Ontiveros a great Latina actress. A moving story of the struggles of migrant farm workers and a little boy trying to figure out how to deal with situation.
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This is a very good movie to view if you are studying migrant workers, and the life that they face. The movie is primarily set in Texas. However, the story takes you to other states where crops are harvested by the migrant workers. I live in Texas, and I have taught at a Migrant School. I found this film to be very close to the actual true migrant story. If you want to know the truth, without a sugar-coating to it, then watch this movie...if you can stand the truth of this hard life!
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YES I LOVE THIS DOCUMENTARY FILM. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THIS LITTLE TOWN IN THE WINTER GARDEN AREA NAME CRYSTAL CITY, TEXAS THE AUTHOR TOMMY RIVERA AND I WERE SCHOOL FRIENDS THRU HIGH SCHOOL AND LIKE HIM MY FAMILY AND I WERE MIGRANT WORKERS I RECOMMEND THIS FILM TO ALL THAT NEED TO BE INFORM MORE ON THIS STYLE OF LIFE THAT
WE UNDER WENT TO SURVIVE AT THAT TIME.
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This is a story about a young Mexican boy who is quiet and attemps to do what he is learned is right. He goes through many trials because he does what he is told. At the same time he learns, because he is quiet and listens and watches, what hipocrites people are. He becomes internally stronger from each episode that he experiences.
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