Fake Fruit

by nkluz

Chick Strand’s 1986 documentary Fake Fruit Factory was just added to the National Film Registry. It’s mostly made up close-ups of Mexican women working and gossiping as they manufacture paper-mache fruit. The whole thing is really beautiful but my favorite parts are the boss’ “Cousin Jimmy” from Ohio (he comes along on the worker’s picnic), watching the women prepare food for lunch, and the fruit itself -especially the watermelon. The subtitles are also really funny and great.