FROM Gael García Bernal
Jonás Cuarón and Gael García Bernal on 'Desierto' The new Mexican film Desierto , stars Gael García Bernal as Moisés, part of a group of migrant workers attempting to cross the border into the United States. They are stalked by a sniper in a giant truck decked out with a faded Confederate flag and a vicious dog, who is determined to kill every last one of them. Desierto was written and directed by Jonás Cuarón, son of the Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón. It is Mexico's foreign language submission to the Oscars this year. Jonás Cuarón and Gael García Bernal sat down recently with KCRW's Madeleine Brand. The director said when he set out to make this film, he had no idea that the reaction to it would be heavily influenced by this year's election.
Desierto: A political horror film Hundreds of migrants die each year crossing the border between Mexico and the United States. Many die of exposure in the brutal desert heat, some drown in the Rio Grande. In a suspenseful new movie, the odds for one group of immigrants crossing the badlands are worse than normal… because they’re being hunted by an American armed with a rifle and a vicious dog. The story may be a bit-far fetched. But there’s something about the film that speaks to the desperation of the people trying to find a new life in the US - and the Americans who feel overwhelmed by immigrants coming across the border.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.