East LA Interchange
By Donald Liebenson, Booklist Online
*Starred Review* “What price progress? That question and others are raised in this film-festival-winning documentary…Plenty of thought-provoking material for general-interest audiences as well as urban studies, sociology, and history students.”
By Peter Keough, Boston Globe
“Like Frederick Wiseman’s “In Jackson Heights,” Betsy Kalin’s documentary “East LA Interchange,” which won the best of festival jury award this year at the Arlington International Film Festival, takes an urban neighborhood and sees it as a microcosm of social and economic change in the United States.”
By Amy Nicholson – Film Review, LA Weekly
“The history of Boyle Heights is an example of the promise — and peril — of American progress. In her great new documentary East LA Interchange filmmaker Betsy Kalin whisks us through this fascinating past.”
By Ira Israel, The Huffington Post
Not just a story about one neighborhood, “East LA Interchange” is a funny, insightful and poignant documentary that will transform how you think about living in the United States today.
By Kim Baldonado, NBC4 Los Angeles – KNBC
Before it was sliced up by freeways and became the home of working-class immigrant Latinos, Boyle Heights, had a rich convergence of cultures.
By Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★—It’s [East LA Interchange] full of hope and joy…Boyle Heights is a fascinating place because it highlights so much of America’s potential and so many of the reasons why it has fallen short…it’s a place full of secret history.