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El Inmigrante Reviewed on

By Richard von Busack

Highly recommended film about the death of Eusebio de Haro in May 2000. The day laborer asked a rancher for water. He was chased and shot with a .357 magnum and then allowed to bleed to death in a patch of bushes in Kinney County, Texas. What followed was an all-too-typical example of Texas justice. While this documentary shares its subject and setting with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, it is much more compelling. Director/producers John Sheedy and David and John Eckenrode meet the dead man's family, fireworks makers in San Felipe de Torres Mochas. They talk to the sheriff, L. K. "Buddy" Burgess, who investigated the crime; Burgess persists in calling de Haro "The alien," as if he were from the Crab Nebula instead of Queretaro. The lure of the sueno Americano and the limited prospects in Mexico are explored. Ultimately, another De Haro lives the risky life of the illegal in the Southwest, even as Eusabio's death is remembered on the Dia de los Muertos. Narration-free as it is, this story of continuing injustice speaks for itself.