“Ahorita Frames” moves from New York in 2001 across the border to Tijuana in 2019 the stories of the workers charged with disposing of the residual asbestos after 9/11 , thus reconfiguring the political cartography of power relations in America in the last two decades. The film not only describes the devaluation of migrant women, but also a system of cultural symbolism and its colonial narrative.
From September 2001 to April 2002 Nan and Nancy along with other Latin American women worked for the asbestos company Branch, cleaning the luxury apartments, offices, and banks of Manhattan in the hermetically sealed zone of “Ground Zero.” The women had neither residence permits nor work permits in the USA, and their dust masks had no filter for asbestos.
At the PedWest border crossing in Tijuana refugees, migrants from Guatemala and Venezuela and Mexicans who were deported from the USA to Tijuana, due to the due to the “Remain in Mexico” policy are asked to perform the stories of the asbestos workers, as well as those of American soldiers, Red Cross staff, and firefighters involved in the interventions after 9/11.
Angelika Levi’s work has been shown at international film festivals, in cinemas and exhibitions. “My Life Part 2”, her first feature length documentary, won several awards and had its premiere at the Berlinale Forum in 2003. “Children of Srikani” premiered in the Berlinale Panorama in 2012 and won several awards. “Miete Essen Seele Auf” was shown in the exhibition “Wohnungsfrage” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2015. Apart from her directorial work, Levi is also an editor and dramaturg and a guest lecturer at various media and art schools.
LENGTH: 22 min.
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: Germania
DIRECTOR: Angelika Levi
CAST: Nancy Torres Geoninatti, Talia Ocampo, Carla Lozano, Lisa Riedner, Hadeer El Mahdawy, Teo Peo, Jhonaikel Vielma, Nancy Jancovich, Jorge, Luis Ramirez, Hector Ramirez, Jhehovany Aries, Jhonaikel Vielma
CAMERA: Angelika Levi
EDITING: Angelika Levi
MUSIC: Udo Moll
SOUND DESIGN: Erik Mischijew
SOUND: Hadeer El Mahdawy, Lisa Riedner
COSTUMES: Nancy Torres Geoninatti
Kristina Konrad – Weltfilm
Angelika Levi – celestefilm
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"Ahorita Frames" moves from New York in 2001 across the border to Tijuana in 2019 the stories of the workers charged with disposing of the residual asbestos after 9/11 , thus reconfiguring the political cartography of power relations in America in the last two decades. The film not only describes the devaluation of migrant women, but also a system of cultural symbolism and its colonial narrative.