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La Santa Cecilia humanizes immigration debate with video ‘El Hielo’

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April 10, 2013

 

Political music need not be angry, loud or violent to get its point across. Such is the case with the moving ballad of “El Hielo (ICE)”, the new video for Los Angeles-based Chicano conjunto group La Santa Cecilia.

El Hielo (ICE)” tells the story of a group of undocumented citizens who work at the same restaurant. Singer La Marisoul sings about their lives while director Alex Rivera, most famous for the independent hit “Sleep Dealer”, captures it all.

The video was produced as a collaboration with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the abc* (American Business Council) Foundation’s Healing Power of Music Initiative. More importantly, it features a cast composed of many undocumented immigrants whose stories are reflected in the video, thereby turning it into a type of short documentary.

At GLAAD we believe that it is important to tell to our own stories—whether we are LGBT or immigrants or both–because when we don't, we remain invisible, and prejudice and ignorance go unchallenged. Check out our blog post about out4citizenship.org, a new platform aimed at increasing support among the LGBT community and its allies for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.