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 Touchstone of Contemporary Chinese Cinema Makes Its Streaming Premiere
One of the most acclaimed and ambitious feature debuts in recent memory, Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still is a testament to the power of personal filmmaking.
Within Earshot: A Conversation with Sorayos Prapapan
Informed by his background in sound design, the Thai director uses audio to explore the absurdities of an oppressive society in his short film Death of the Sound Man, now playing on the Criterion Channel.
The Dream Factory at Its Dreamiest
Now featured on the Criterion Channel, MGM’s greatest musicals are filled to the brim with some of the most indelible moments of movie magic ever committed to celluloid.