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A Day Without a Mexican

Rating:R (for language and brief nudity)
Genre:Drama, Comedy
Release Date:January 1, 2004
Running time:100 minutes
Cast:Yarehli Arizmendi, Caroline Aaron, Maureen Flannigan, John Getz, Muse Watson
Director:Sergio Arau
Producer:Isaac Artenstein
Writer:Sergio Arau, Yareli Arizmendi, Sergio Guerrero
Distributor:Televisa Cine

Description: Marking the directorial debut of Sergio Arau, son of Like Water for Chocolate director Alfonso Arau, A Day Without a Mexican ponders the potentially catastrophic results that would occur if California-based Mexicans, who make up over a third of the state's population, were to suddenly disappear. The mockumentary postulates that the lack of Latino gardeners, nannies, cooks, policeman, maids, teachers, farm workers, construction crews, entertainers, athletes, and the world's largest growing consumer market would create a social, political, and economic disaster, leaving the concept of the California Dream in shambles. A Day Without a Mexican proved controversial even before its release: promotional billboards reading On May 14th, there will be no Mexicans in California caused a stir with immigrant rights groups, who believed the sign was a statement against the Latino community. The film stars Yareli Arizmendi, John Getz, Maureen Flannigan, and Muse Watson.~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide

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