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Mississippi Chicken (2007)





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Filmmaker John Fiege explores issues of immigration and race politics in the United States in this documentary focusing on the influx of Latin American workers into rural Mississippi poultry plants. Shot on Super 8 mm film, Fiege's story unfolds in a New South where the promise of work lures desperate immigrants in despite the fact that there is little room for advancement and virtually no future career prospects. Day in and day out, these folks work tirelessly in dangerous conditions simply to provide for their families. With this film, their stories are told -- from the mother who strives to provide for her daughters to the construction worker desperate for a paycheck and the recent arrival who is still haunted by a violent encounter with the police. From current factory workers to former employees and the people who support their communities though church functions, legal aid, and the creation of unions, Fiege presents the immigrant plight not though static images of talking heads, but real footage of them going about their lives in a land where their very presence has become a hot-button issue in the run-up to the 2008 presidential elections.


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Chicken creeps up on the viewer and, by the final credits, insinuates a lot of peripheral information that somehow adds up to a very unique experience.

January 4, 2008 | Full Review…

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