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The Lefse and Tortilla Show

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2 cooks, one Norweigan, one Mexican cooking Since 1994, award-winning writer-producer Dan Banda has been working on a trilogy of documentaries about Mexican-American immigration to the Upper Midwest.

Mountain's Mist and Mexico (PBS 1996), the first documentary in the trilogy, tells the story of Banda's grandfather's immigration to Wisconsin as a way to discuss such issues as immigration, multilingualism, assimilation, class structure, and racial prejudice.

Indigenous Always (PBS 2000), examines the legend of La Malinche, the Indian woman who served as Cortes' translator and bore his son. La Malinche has been a symbol of both cultural destruction and creation.

Completing the trilogy, Redlining continues the themes of the previous two programs and explores how things have changed and stayed the same. Redlining focuses on contemporary immigration and racial labeling, to explore issues of ethnicity within both Milwaukee and Mexico.

For more information about the trilogy, visit

In this segment from Redlining, "The Lefse and Tortilla Show," Dan Banda interviews two women-one of Norwegian heritage, and one of Mexican heritage-in search of cultural similarities and differences. (Banda himself is of Norwegian and Mexican heritage.)

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January 5, 2009

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