The City I Love is Destroying Itself

Dr. David Romo is my long-time compañero de la lucha as well as my colleague in the arts. He is a writer and musician, and speaks many languages, a true intellectual and artist. I was privileged to be in a band with him in the late 1990s and have great respect for him in all facets of his work. He is a hero, along with other activistas such as Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyla and others. Nicole Antebi, the writer of this interview, has illustrated it with brilliant animated art.

Longreads

Nicole Antebi | Longreads | November 2018 | 18 minutes (4,438 words)

For the past few years I’ve been working on a topographical film titledFred’s Rainbow Bar and Other Stages on the International Border featuring a variety of animation styles along with live-action and archival imagery to interrogate histories, memories, and imaginings of the border landscapes of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, the region where I grew up. During this time I’ve also been following the incredible story of “Paso Del Sur” a watch group in El Paso who have been fighting to save Duranguito, the oldest barrio in El Paso Texas.

At any time of day or night, a group of older residents can be seen patrolling the Duranguito neighborhood in downtown El Paso, Texas, located across the river from downtown Juárez, Mexico. Historian David Dorado Romo is one of several “Paso Del Sur” figureheads who have…

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