Hundreds of thousands of citizens have left the U.S. for Mexico in search of a better quality of life. GRINGOTOPIA, a series of twelve, 10-minute chapters, gives voice to this phenomenon through interwoven interviews, paced like a social conversation, with a diverse group of 25 people.
Living south of Guadalajara, in the Lake Chapala area, a magnet for U.S. and Canada expatriates, they tell insightful, intimate, and humorous stories about life-changing moves across more than just a geographic border. In English with Spanish subtitles.
The 12-part Gringotopia video series was produced by Canadian-born photographer Naida Osline (shown at left). Based in Southern California, Naida regularly immerses herself in an environment for extended periods of time. From 2012-14 she worked in Colombia, South America, and in 2015-16 spent a total of three months in the Chapala region interviewing expats for her series GRINGOTOPIA. Naida’s work has been presented and reviewed in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally. More information: http://naidaosline.com
Use the links below to watch Naida’s entire Gringotopia series.
Chapter 1 Coming to Terms
Chapter 2 Importing Lifestyle
Chapter 3 Lost in Translation
Chapter 4 Opportunity Knocks
Chapter 5 Biggest Bang for the Buck
Chapter 6 We’re not in Kansas anymore
Chapter 7 Justice, Mexican Style
Chapter 8 Safe Enough
Chapter 9 Finding Love
Chapter 10 Feeling Good
Chapter 11 God’s Waiting Room
Chapter 12 There & Then, Here & Now