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GOLDEN STATE AWARD - San Francisco International Film Festival | BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - San Diego Latino Film FestivalAmerican Studies • Archival • Biographies • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion • Economics, Labor, & Poverty • Immigration & Border Studies • Latinx Studies • U.S. History • Gender Studies • Masculinity + Fatherhood
Date of Completion: 2010 | Run Time: 88 minutes | Language: English/Spanish with English subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Renee Tajima-Peña | Producers: Renee Tajima-Peña & Evangeline Griego
When Armando and Carlos Pena set off to carry their mother’s ashes back to South Texas and reunite with their brothers, the road reveals more than they bargained for. The feature documentary, CALAVERA HIGHWAY (Skeleton Highway), traces the odyssey of two brothers as they decipher their family’s story—why their mother Rosa was outcast by her own family, and what happened to their father Pedro, who disappeared during the notorious 1954 U.S. government deportation program, “Operation Wetback,” in which over a million Mexican and Mexican Americans were forced across the border. CALAVERA HIGHWAY is a sweeping story of a family of seven men grappling with the meaning of masculinity, fatherhood, and a legacy of rootless beginnings.