This Taco Truck Kills Fascists (2018) | Rodrigo Dorfman in attendance

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
a man in bright red jacket and hat holds palm fronds in both hands as a crew of performers circles around him

This Taco Truck Kills Fascists
(Rodrigo Dorfman, 2018, 61 min, USA, Color, DCP)

New Orleans-based performance activist Jose Torres-Tama has a dream: to create a revolutionary Taco Truck Theatre with a simple message: “No guacamole for immigrant haters”. Inspired by Woody Guthrie’s immortal motto, This Taco Truck Kills Fascists is an epic journey born out of the urgency of the now and our responsibility to engage and confront white supremacy with the weaponized beauty of art - and humor.

-- Q&A to follow with director Rodrigo Dorfman

Exploring the power of the imagination and how it affects our consciousness and our ability to affect change may seem at first an esoteric journey - but it isn’t. It’s a very real and tangible journey for the young Taco Truck Avengers, Diego and Darius Torres-Copeland . Their challenge is to navigate the line between innocence and knowledge, anger and love, agency and apathy; a challenge we all must face if we are to become aware of how systemic racism operates and the poisoned pill of white supremacy we have swallowed as a social contract. American innocence is the state of mind that allows us to divest ourselves from any collective responsibility and feeds our collective anti-immigrant/racist hysteria. José made a clear parenting choice: he does not want to shield his children from the dangers and hard truths of the society they live in. Many African American parents would recognize this as “the talk”. This film raises many controversial parenting questions: How does this “talk” manifest in a family that enjoys white privilege? How much truth is too much truth for children? Is it appropriate to shield our children from the pain and sorrow of the world? How do we give children a sense of agency? My film will invite the audience to confront these important questions and hopefully realize that Diego and Darius reflect back to us a coming of age story that we all need to take in order to heal our nation’s open wounds. 

Rodrigo Dorfman is North Carolina-based award-winning filmmaker and multimedia producer who has worked with POV, HBO, Salma Hayek's Ventanazul and the BBC among others. His films have been screened at some of the top international film festivals in the world (Toronto, Full Frame, Edinburgh, Telluride, Human Rights Watch). With his father he has won best screenplay award from the Writer's Guild of Great Britain for Prisoners in Time (1997). His short One Night in Kernersville" won Jury Award for best short at Full Frame (2011). Tommy!, his 30-minute documentary on a 60 year-old man on the autism spectrum who dreams of singing with a big band was recently broadcast nation wide through UNCTV’s Reel South series. His latest work can be seen at the Atlanta History Center in NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, a national touring museum exhibit based on his documentary work. He is an editor and cinematographer of the Sundance award-winning documentary Always in Season about the impact of lynching on four different communities; his latest documentary FIESTA! Quinceañera premiered on PBS stations nationwide in April 2019 through UNCTV’s Reel South series, and his documentary This Taco Truck Kills Fascists won the Best Louisiana Feature Award at the New Orleans Film Festival. He is the community documentary curator of the exhibit on the history of Latinos in Nuevo Espiritú de Durham/New Spirit of Durham, currently on display at the Museum of Durham History.

Sponsored by the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI) and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).

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Rubenstein Arts Center, Film Theater