Seventeen years ago, on 9/11, the world came to a stop. Thousands lost their lives under terrorist attack at the once Twin Towers, New York City. Many unsung heroes lost. Survivors live to tell the horrors of that day vividly as if it happened yesterday. One perspective we don’t hear often is the experiences of immigrants, those documented and undocumented, who survived and the families who share memories of their loved ones lost – their last moments with them and their remembrances.
In this era of Trump, it’s suitable to focus on the immigration debate and the timing for more story telling to put a human face to the struggles, stories and experiences of immigrants, is just right. “The Janitor” does just that, as a beautifully simply short film about a Latino janitor talking about his work as a janitor and what he remembers of 9/11. He goes on to talk of the many immigrants who died on 9/11.
Rick Najera, founder of Latino Thought Leaders and award-winning actor-writer-director-producer is the mastermind writer/producer of “The Janitor” – once an onstage performance during the Los Angeles presentation of Latinologues – A Comedy About Life In America, then teamed up with Cheech Marin to bring it to Broadway. The creative and producing team behind ‘The Janitor‘ couldn’t be more representative of American multicultural diversity – a Mexican-American – Rick Najera, Cuban – Joseph Perez Bertot , Jew – Adam Klugman and Syrian brothers – Nidal and Edward Kahl, representing first generation Americans as well, coming together in protest of today’s racial and political climate fueled by white nationalism.
“The Janitor” premieres today, on 9/11.