In 1980, Carlos left his homeland Costa Rica for the American Dream. In 2004, three Marines came to Carlos’s house to inform him that his oldest son, Alex, had died in Iraq. He entered their military van with a can of gasoline and a propane torch and the van exploded into flames. Carlos’s extreme grief over Alex’s death launched him on a journey to honor his son and fight for the America he believed in. He sought solace in sharing Alex’s story and advocating for the war to end. He became a well known, if unorthodox, peace activist and then a central figure in Occupy Boston. Publicly Carlos had a new purpose. Behind the scenes the story was more complex.
More than a decade after Alex’s death, the tragedies of war continue to affect Carlos and his family as well as thousands of other families in the United States, the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Janice Rogovin is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, and teaching artist based in Boston. She has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Emerging Artist Award, two Massachusetts Artist Fellowships, and three project grants from the Massachusetts Humanities Foundation. Her books, A Sense of Place/Tu Barrio and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been, Photographs and Interviews with Seven Vietnam Veterans, are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her first feature film, 48 Years Going on 50, a documentary about her parents’ relationship, screened at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.