Winner of the award for best documentary short at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, Nadav Kurtz’s Paraíso follows three Mexican immigrants who work as skyscraper-window washers in Chicago. Detailing the dangers they face while rappelling down some of the city’s tallest buildings, this inside look at a perilous profession sheds light on the risks that these workers face on a daily basis in order to support their families, as well as the strength and resilience with which they meet their challenges. In the below video, Kurtz discusses what he learned while making the film, which streams alongside another powerful portrait of immigrant life in America—Louis Malle’s 1986 . . . And the Pursuit of Happiness—in this week’s Short + Feature on the Criterion Channel.
Questioning the American Dream in Kelly Reichardt’s Cinema
A featured director on the Criterion Channel, Reichardt talks with critic April Wolfe about how the personal emerges from the political in her collaborations with writing partner Jon Raymond.