Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures Friends Newsletter, Vo. 1, No. 2, Fall 2003

CSUMC helps fund a film about Mexican immigration to Milwaukee

The CSUMC-sponsored documentary Redlining, about Mexican immigration in Milwaukee, will air at 9 p.m. Oct. 14 on Wisconsin Public Television.

Redlining (the practice of economic discrimination based on group rather than individual value) is a journey with producer Dan Banda, who travels between central Mexico where communities continue to lose population to the promise of jobs in the United States, and his hometown of Milwaukee, which suffers a long-standing reputation as one of the country’s most segregated cities. Is the reputation deserved? Does the Mexican population continue to grow in Milwaukee despite or because of segregation? From bullfights to faux cooking shows to mass media extravaganzas, Redlining playfully wanders with Banda as he attempts to decode of the world of race realities.

Redlining is part three in the After the Immigrant series, which includes the awarding-winning PBS documentaries Mountain’s Mist & Mexico, and Indigenous Always: the Legend of La Malinche.

A Madison screening was held Thursday, October 2, at Catacombs Coffeehouse. The screening was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, the UW–Madison Chicana/o and Ethnic Studies Program, the Department of Communication Arts, and the Folklore Program.

For more information on these documentaries, go to

The film is a co-production of Wisconsin Public Television and Bandana Productions funded in part by the Helen Bader Foundation, Inc., Milwaukee, with support from The Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures, UW–Madison.

Original Musical Compositions: Peter Baime.
Graphic Design: Design Office of Catherine and James Donnelly, Milwaukee.

Special thanks: Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, Mexican Board of Tourism in Chicago, Mexicana Airlines, Mainly Editing & 5th Floor Recording, Milwaukee.

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