America Tropical

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In 1932 the Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siquieros was commissioned to paint a mural depicting the folkloric theme of "Tropical America" on a wall in Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California. Instead of painting an idyllic scene of Latinos slumbering in the sun, Siquieros used the opportunity to paint a scathing indictment against U.S. imperialism in Latin America. This 1971 documentary written and produced by Jesus Trevino chronicles the painting of the mural and its whitewashing.


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