Angulas - Street of Gold
Angulas depicts a week in the life of a recent new-comer to the U.S. who has found himself in a multi-ethnic community in Washington D.C. called Mount Pleasant. "Enrique", the main character played by Quique Aviles, has work washing dishes and is among many fellow Salvadorans, but is still experiencing confusion in the midst of the collision between his expectations and the reality of his new surroundings. The title "Angulas" refers to a Spanish dish full of linguine-like strands of baby eel, and serves as a metaphor for the exotic cultural mix he finds in the "border zone" neighborhood. The sounds and images of television and advertising act like a chorus, constantly reminding Enrique of an idealized American lifestyle in contrast to what he experiences on the street. Eventually the two begin to merge in his daydreams, as products such as a giant bar of soap and a honey bear seem to appear before him as he walks.
Angulas was produced using
a vertical television format; the camera was literally turned on it's
side. Although this required some modifications, it proved to be a liberating
way for the videomakers to work, allowing them to use a format common
to still photographers when faced with the human figure or a tall building.
It proved to be an intriguing way of looking at the world, and reinforces
the experience of seeing as a new-comer sees. The tape is available
in a standard version as well as the "Verti-vision" format which can
be viewed on a standard television placed on its side.