Immigrant Window Washer Documentary Shortlisted for an Academy Award

Parau00edso highlights Mexican immigrants who risk their lives as Chicago window washers.

By Von Diaz Sep 13, 2013

The Windy City is probably one of the most dangerous places to be a window washer. Taking a closer look at the workers who daily dangle down the city’s skyscrapers, Paraíso highlights a group of Mexican immigrants who have built their careers in this risky profession. 

In a New York Times op-ed published this week, filmmaker Nadav Kurtz says he was inspired to make the film when he watched a window washer at work from his desk in Chicago. 

This momentary interaction seemed a perfect metaphor for life in many multiethnic American cities where the work of immigrants often goes unnoticed. 

The film, which we highlighted as a top-10 Sundance pick earlier this year, was just shortlisted as an Academy Award nominee and screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.