El Mojado

El Mojado

Danny Lyon
Bleak Beauty Video

El Mojado, 1974, New Mexico, color, 14 minutes [The Wetback] English and Spanish with subtitles, a portrait of a hard-working undocumented laborer from Mexico produced by J.J. Meeker.

“It’s like being a hunter, but you’re stalking human beings, and that’s a lot more fun.”
Border Patrol Officer

“El Mojado is about my best friend in New Mexico, an undocumented worker from rural Chihuahua. . . His name is Eddie and I soon came to regard him as a genius. Eddie could do anything, make anything, fix any car or truck, and usually do it with scraps. We built an adobe house together and every spring I would meet him near the border and smuggle him past the border patrol into the United States. He introduced me to the whole unbelievable world of ‘illegal aliens’.”
Danny Lyon

“Since his skill in creating a flow of superbly composed images is great enough to bring to mind Antonioni, his work is remarkably effective in making its point.”
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

VIEW El Mojado free on Vimeo
El Mojado
Individual US $20.00 USD
Institution US $100.00 USD
Institution International $110.00 USD

Return to Films