Synopsis by Andrea LeVasseur
Part of the Foto-Novela film series, Broken Sky is a half-hour film directed by Carlos Avila. The illustrated story is inspired by Woody Guthrie's ballad "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)," which itself was inspired by the 1948 plane crash in Fresno, CA, that killed 28 Mexican passengers. Over 50 years later, Rodrigo Cortinas (Victor Campos) is nearing the end of his life. He is visited by the spirit of his wife, Rosario (Diana Uribe), who died in the plane crash. His son Mario (Robert Beltran) contemplates whether to put Rodrigo in a nursing home. Broken Sky was shown along with the short film Junkyard Saints as part of the Independent Lens series on PBS.