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A Day Without A Mexican Movie Poster

Sergio Arau

A Day Without a Mexican, 2004

The National Museum of Mexican Art has proudly sponsored and supported Mexican independent films that have won critical acclaim and addressed social issues relevant to the Mexican experience. One of those films is A Day Without a Mexican, directed by Sergio Arau. It offers a satirical look at the consequences of all the Mexicans in the state of California suddenly disappearing (with a mysterious "pink fog" surrounding the state preventing any communication or movement with the outside world). A series of characters shows the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California's economy, law enforcement, and education systems and the resulting social unrest.