Documentary Films | 2017 | 79 minutes
Stranger Says: A documentary about everyone’s least favorite thing: commuting to work. The film follows three individuals in Istanbul, Los Angeles, and Mexico City as they make their mind-numbing way to their respective daily grinds. Each person says they’re commuting long hours, or sometimes putting themselves in dangerous situations, out of necessity and not by choice. They must provide for their loved ones, afford a house in the suburbs, make ends meet. But what are we sacrificing as we spend our lives in between here and there? This is the madness of the Anthropocene.
SIFF Says:In the wee pre-dawn hours, Meltem rises to begin her day, packing her daughter’s lunch and heading out to take her place among the two million souls who cross Istanbul daily on their way to work and the promise of a better life. Across the globe, Estela leaves her modest apartment in the violent barrio of Ecatepec to travel across Mexico City to her job as a hairdresser, reliving the trauma of an assault endured on the same subway system she must use daily. And in Los Angeles, Michael forgoes his dream of being a professional musician to get the bills paid, commuting more than three hours daily across the sprawling metropolis to his job as a construction foreman, taxing his health, sanity, and the fragile bonds of his young marriage to their breaking point. Winner of the Best Mexican Documentary Award at the Morelia International Film Festival, director Luciana Kaplan has crafted a colorful, lyrical, and deeply felt ode to the legions of workers across the globe who sacrifice countless numbers of life’s precious hours commuting to and from work to provide for themselves and their loved ones, and to simply keep alive their dreams of a brighter future.
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