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Mixed Feelings: San Diego / Tijuana

"Although neighbors, Mexico and the United States are extremes within Western civilization."  -Octavio Paz-.

Mixed Feelings: San Diego/Tijuana is a documentary about the San Diego/Tijuana region and its inevitable transnational future. Conversations with scholars, planners and architects from both cities open a window into an unprecedented dialogue now occurring on the U.S./Mexican border. The film reaches into issues including architecture, urbanism and rapid globalization.  It also offers a rare and insightful meditation on the future impact that Latino civilization will have on U.S. cities.

This unique piece successfully challenges the contemporary documentary form. Scored by a new music (Nortec) now emerging out of the Tijuana region, the documentary makes much use of digital animation and multiple paneled images.

The film is a co-production between Phillip Rodriguez, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center For the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University, and KPBS. The project was made with the additional support of the Rockefeller/Bancomer U.S. - Mexico Fund for Culture and Latino Public Broadcasting.

What the experts & critics say:

"Transnational fun... does a number
on conventional wisdom."
—Los Angeles Times

"There's nothing dry about Mixed Feelings."
—New York Times

"A refreshing testament to…a place where binaries blur and opposites invert…"
—San Francisco Bay Guardian

"A wry look at these two extremely different,
but somehow strangely similar cities."
—Prof. MARGARET CRAWFORD,
Urban Design & Planning Theory,
Graduate School of Design Harvard University.


"Brilliantly captures the paradox
of urban development. A great classroom tool."
—Prof. FERNANDO J. GUERRA,
Center for the Study of Los Angeles,
Loyola Marymount University.


"An excellent film. A wonderful complement
to class readings"
—Prof. ANASTACIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERAS,
Departament of Urban Planning. UCLA.


"One of the best documentaries on the cultural economy
of the U.S.-Mexico border.
A visually dynamic and engaging investigation."
—Prof. CHON NORIEGA,
Dept. Film & Television & Chair,
Chicano Studies Research Center. UCLA.



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