2501 Migrants: A Journey
2501 Migrants: A Journey is a full-length documentary that explores questions of art, and indigenous community in the context of global migration.
Daily, thousands of primarily poor and young indigenous Mexicans abandon their native homes. They start voyages to the first world in search of jobs and the hope of a brighter future--or, indeed, any economic future at all. In their wake, they leave behind the hollow footprints of a cultural and domestic abandonment. 2501 Migrants illustrates this through the story of Alejandro Santiago, a middle-aged artist and family man from Oaxaca, Mexico. Relatively affluent and erudite, Alejandro returns home after a brief self-exile in France. But upon arrival to his native Teococuilco, he is struck by what he perceives as a virtual ghost town. Alejandro experiences, first hand, the reality that Oaxaca has emerged as one of Mexico's leading exporters of human labor to the United States. Inspired by this, he decides to create a monumental installation art piece: 2,501 life-size sculptures an homage to each individual migrant who left his village.
2501 Migrants: A Journey, succeeds in posing one of the central questions of our times: Is Alejandro Santiago an example of an artist as catalyst for social change? Is 2,501 Migrants an original model for creating art around community building?