As part of an ongoing partnership with CLALS, the Mexican Cultural Institute will co-host a screening of the documentary Artesanos / Artisans, which explores the contributions of Mexican migrant artisans to various creative industries in Los Angeles. The highly skilled labor of artisans migrating from Mexico and Latin America are the backbone of high-end design and retail in Los Angeles, producing some of the most exquisite furniture, textiles, and design goods. But they represent a creative force that seems invisible to the city. This documentary uncovers their stories and their role in making Los Angeles and Southern California the creative capital of the world.
A panel discussion will follow the screening with panelists from both the film's production company and AU faculty. Participating are: Jose Luis Figueroa Lewis, Founder of Dignicraft, Cisco Pinedo, Founder & CEO, Cisco Brothers & Cisco Home, Professors Carolyn Brown and Larry Engel from the School of Communication, and Nuria Vilanova from the Department of World Languages & Cultures. Artesanos / Artisans is a KCET-Link co-production with Dignicraft for the Emmy award winning program Artbound