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Video: La Santa Cecilia – El Hielo



The Band: La Santa Cecilia

La Santa CeciliaLatin Grammy nominated, alternative band La Santa Cecilia ( who just signed the major-label record deal with Universal Latin) are immigrants, the children of immigrants, and dreamers.

The Los Angeles based band that takes their name from the patron saint of music is the epitome of our new bi-cultural generation– fully immersed in the modern music and art of the country many have called home since their youngest days, while adventurously fusing together a new sound that also pays homage to the rich traditions of their Mexican heritage.

La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak.


The Cast

Katherine Figueroa
At age 9, Katherine Figueroa, came home from school and turned on the television only to become witness to the arrest of her own parents by Sheriff Arpaio’s deputies. She led children’s marches at the capitol, testified in Congress, and successfully organized their temporary release. Her efforts are featured in the full-length documentary, Two Americans. Both parents have a trial before the immigration court that could result in their deportation this summer.
Los Angeles, CA
Isaac Barrera
Isaac Barrera is an undocumented immigrant and organizer with the Immigrant Youth Coalition in Los Angeles. Isaac spent two and a half weeks in detention after being purposefully arrested by border patrol in Alabama in order to expose the inhumane treatment of immigrants in detention. His case is still pending.
Phoenix, AZ
Erika Andiola
Erika Andiola is a nationally recognized leader in the undocumented immigrant youth movement. A graduate of Arizona State University, she moved from Mexico to Arizona when she was 11 years old and later became a co-founder of DRM Capitol Group and the Arizona Dream Act Coalition (ADAC). When ICE raided her home and took her mother and older brother, Erika’s case became nationally known when she mobilized hundreds of thousands to stop their deportations.
Phoenix, AZ
Maria Arreola
Maria Arreola (Erika’s mom) came to the United States to provide a better life for her children. Saying that they were following-up on a previous traffic stop, ICE agents arrested Maria and her son this past winter. After being detained, she was placed on a bus to be deported to Mexico only to have it turned around as a result of the national outcry organized by her daughter. She was given one year of deferred action but may face deportation orders again in 2014.
Los Angeles, CA
Juan Romero
Juan Romero is a day laborer who looks for work outside a Los Angeles Home Depot where he meets contractors for temporary home construction jobs. He has been an actor in the community drama troupe, Teatro Jornalero, since 2010. He hasn’t seen his wife since he came to the US.

Director: Alex Rivera

Alex RiveraAlex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories.

His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of ‘New Directors / New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.

Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and in 2008 was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.” His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, Ana Tijoux and Maria Hinojosa. Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives in Los Angeles.


El Hielo Lyrics


Eva using a rag to wipe clean the table

Cautiously making everything shines like a pearl

When the boss gets home, she hopes there’ll be no complaints

Accusing her of being illegal

 

Jose tends to the yard, they look like Disneyland

He drives an old truck without a license

It doesn’t matter if he was a taxi driver in his home country

That doesn’t count for Uncle Sam

 

Chorus:

ICE is on the loose out on the streets

You never know when your number’s up

Cry, Children cry when they get out

They cry when mom’s not coming to pick them up

Some of us stay here

Others stay there

That happens for going out to find work.

 

Martha arrived as a child and dreams of studying

But it’s hard for her without papers

Those who were born here get the laurels

But she never gives up her fight

 

Chorus:

ICE is on the loose out on the streets

You never know when your number’s up

Cry, Children cry when they get out

They cry when mom’s not coming to pick them up

Some of us stay here

Others stay there

That happens for going out to find work.


Eva pasando el trapo sobre la mesa, ahi esta

Cuidando que todo brille como una perla

Cuando llegue la patrona que no se vuelva a quejar

No sea cosa que la acuse de ilegal

 

José atiende los jardines, parecen de Disneyland

Maneja una troca vieja sin la licencia

No importa si fue taxista alla en su tierra natal

Eso no cuenta para el Tio Sam

 

Coro:

El hielo handa suelto por esas calles

Nunca se sabe cuando nos va a tocar

Lloran, los niños lloran a la salida

Lloran al ver que no llegará mamá

Uno se queda aquí

Otro se queda alla

Eso pasa por salir a tabajar

 

Martha llego de niña y sueña con estudiar

Pero se le hace dificil sin los papeles

Se quedan con los laureles los que nacieron aca

Pero ella nunca dejar de luchar

 

Coro:

El hielo handa suelto por esas calles

Nunca se sabe cuando nos va a tocar

Lloran, los niños lloran a la salida

Lloran al ver que no llegará mamá

Uno se queda aquí

Otro se queda alla

Eso pasa por salir a tabajar



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