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Martin Cox emailed me the following:

My Mother volunteers at a charity shop in Eastleigh, Hampshire, England. Princess Anne (The Princess Royal) is the patron of the Save The Children Fund who runs the charity shop. Save The Children organizers asked my Mother, "Your son, he's a professional photographer, can we ask him to donate his time to photograph the Princess on her visit to the Eastleigh shop in November?"

"I'm afraid not," said my Mother. "He's in Echo Park."

"Where?" they asked.


It made me think of an Echo Park Film Center project. The EPFC helps high school kids make films, which can be seen on anthology DVDs. A few weeks ago, I rented a DVD from the project. One of the kids had made a film in which he interviews a relative who came across the border the hard way. The uncle or cousin tells us how his relatives here were not happy to see him and wouldn't share their food, though they did let him stay in their home. He also says that when he got to Sixth and Alvarado someone in the car said something about being in America and he said he had thought they were still in Mexico. If memory serves, the name of the short film is "I Thought We Were in Mexico."

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