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La Santa Cecilia – “Ice/El Hielo”

As part of the #NOT1MORE campaign, NDLON invited Alex Rivera to dialogue with the band La Santa Cecilia about their song “ICE / El Hielo.”  What emerged was the concept for a ground-breaking music video that collaborated with a cast of undocumented actors, some actively fighting deportation. In the video, the actors relive parts of their life stories, in a unique performance neither documentary nor fiction.

The result, which The New York Times called “a powerful video that soon went viral,” is an example of the type of cultural production only possibly at the exact crossroads of cinema and activism.

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