Wednesday, September 11, 2013

‘Paraíso’ -- Immigrant Window Washers

From the NY Times: Nadav Kurtz 

I first got the idea for this film (whose title, “Paraíso,” is the Spanish word for “Paradise”) when I was living in Chicago working as a film editor. One morning, as I sat at my desk in a high-rise downtown, a man dropped down inches from my window, cleaned it, and disappeared to the next floor. This momentary interaction seemed a perfect metaphor for life in many multiethnic American cities where the work of immigrants often goes unnoticed. I hoped to find out more about what motivated these men to spend their working days dangling hundreds of feet in the air.

Soon after I began filming, I met two brothers, Sergio Polanco and Jaime Polanco, and their cousin, Cruz Guzman. The Polanco brothers came to the United States from García de la Cadena, a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico, and the birthplace of a surprisingly large number of Chicago’s window washers and their families. The brothers and Mr. Guzman are employed by Corporate Cleaning Services, a well-established Chicago window cleaning company that, according to its president, Neal Zucker, requires all of its employees to be in compliance with federal and state guidelines governing employment eligibility. Window washers at this company receive health and life insurance benefits through membership in a union, SEIU Local 1, and can typically earn anywhere between $45,000 and $65,000 a year, depending on their skill level and speed.  Read more...


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Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been looking for great window cleaning in Perth... Where is the best place to go for that?

Posted by: Laurey Williams | Dec 3, 2013 2:29:41 PM

Are these the guys that do the window cleaning in Chicago IL? I mean, is this movie going to be based on a true story?

Posted by: Anne Lawrence | Jan 7, 2014 8:31:24 AM

This is pretty prevalent with the commercial window cleaning in Perth

Posted by: Lance Tankmen | Jan 10, 2014 7:47:56 PM

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