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.
A Neglected Reggae Classic Finally Gets Its Due
Now playing on the Criterion Channel, Franco Rosso’s underappreciated drama Babylon is one of the most essential portraits of the immigrant experience in British film history.
From Innocence to Experience: A Conversation with Charles Williams
The director of the Palme d’Or–winning short film All These Creatures, which is now available to stream on the Criterion Channel, discusses the challenges of depicting mental illness through the eyes of a child.
The Extravagant Passions of Italian Maestro Raffaello Matarazzo
Italian cinema of the 1940s and ’50s may be most associated with the legacy of neorealism, but the tearjerking melodramas of this critically underappreciated director dominated at the box office.