Hotel Arizona

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Short film about a girl who starts a Yelp to review the coyotes that bring migrants across the border, often robbing and raping them along the way.

Hotel Arizona is a short film set in one of the most secret and misunderstood places on the planet: the U.S./Mexico borderlands. The story centers on Flor, who helps her mother run a hotel for migrants getting ready to walk into the United States. Increasingly frustrated with the guides (called polleros) who rob, rape, and abandon her guests (called pollos, or chickens), Flor starts writing pollero reviews on the bunk beds in the hotel — a bold move in an economy heavily invested in its own invisibility — and thus begins a journey about the right and risks of being seen.

Press:

KJZZ’s HERE AND NOW, OCTOBER 5, 2016:

Hotel Arizona Gives Window to Migration Economy

TUCSON WEEKLY, OCTOBER 6, 2016:

Truth Through Fiction: The Tucson-shot short “Hotel Arizona” brings empathy and weight to immigration questions and debates

CAPITAL AND MAIN, OCTOBER 13, 2016:

Film looks at the border economy built around migration