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The past isnt dead It isnt even past William Faulkner John Sayles film Lone Star is about crossing borders challenging the past and dealing with the burden of history in both the personal and the public sphere Painted on a very broad canvas Lone Star is an epic film touching on many themes including racism illegal immigration the corruption of government and law enforcement racial identity multicultural education and the endurance of love History casts a very long shadow over the border town of Frontera and as the characters wrestle with the past and unearth its secrets both literally and figuratively the action glides seamlessly between past and present The past doesnt just haunt the present in this film it is a vital force shaping identity both individual and collective How it representedin the classroom in memory in the history books and in the stories told in the local barroomhas everything to do with the conflicts and power struggles that dominate life in Frontera in the present moment These essays address questions of history and narrative exploring the issue of representation and focusing on the ways in which official knowledge can eradicate distort deny or suppress other ways of knowing the past I will look at the way in which the past is embedded in the present and defined by the present I will discuss some epistemological questions raised by the movie and by the issues of narrative historiography and truth I look at the question of borders and the transgression of borders migration identity and the frontier and I conclude with a discussion of the question of agency in Lone Star Plot Summary Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions false memories false namings of real events Adrienne Rich Lone Star is an epic film with a complex plot and a number of sub-plots I will give only a brief summary of the plot here
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