About this Event
“This Taco Truck Kills Fascists,” produced/directed/filmed/edited by Rodrigo Dorfman – Winner of the Jury Award for the Best Louisiana Feature from the New Orleans Film Festival.
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 motto: this machine kills fascists; 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.
Torres-Tama’s project was inspired by the Working Theater’s La Ruta, performed inside a 48’ truck, that explored the perilous journey immigrants make to the USA, and Luis Valdez’s legendary Teatro Campesino agit-prop performances on flatbed trucks in the 70s, José has brought together a diverse ensemble of performers and re-purposed a food vehicle into a mobile stage to explore the anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the country post-9/11 and the Trump presidency.
This Taco Truck Kills Fascists weaves two narratives: the classic “against all odds” story of an immigrant artist of color bringing the voices of radical Black performers and undocumented workers out of the shadows and the story of a father struggling to raise his two boys into political consciousness in the Age of Trump. Seen though the eyes Diego (7) and Darius (10) who become members of their father’s radical performance ensemble, This Taco Truck Kills Fascists invites the audience to navigate with them the line between innocence and knowledge, anger and love, agency and apathy; a challenge we all must face in order to heal our nation’s open wounds. This epic coming of age journey is born out of the urgency of the now and our responsibility to engage and confront white supremacy with the weaponized beauty of Art.
About Rodrigo Dorfman (director/producer): Rodrigo Dorfman is an award-winning multimedia producer living in Durham, North Carolina known for his work documenting the Latinx community in the South. He has written for HBO and the BBC among others. His short “One Night in Kernersville” won Jury Award for best short at Full Frame (2011). His documentary, “Tommy!” was recently broadcast on PBS stations across the USA. His latest work, “NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South”, a national touring museum exhibit based on his documentary was on display at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. He is a cinematographer of the documentary “Always in Season” about the impact of lynching on four different communities and his Nuevo South feature “¡FIESTA! Quinceañera”, based on a docuseries for ITVS/PBS digital studios, recently was broadcast on PBS stations as part of REEL SOUTH season 4.
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.