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English and Spanish with English subtitles
The Wall: The Effect of its Imposing Presence on Migrant Families compiles the most up to date selection of short films on the current undocumented immigration crisis touching topics such as The Wall, the effects of family separation at the border, deportation, and DACA. Films include:
by Stephanie Schiavenato / USA / 10 min / 2018
As the United States currently reels over the consequences of separating parents and their children at the border, this film explores the lingering effects of this trauma on the relationship between a mother and her son who migrated from Colombia.
WHAT WOULD YOU PACK?
by Sara Gozalo / USA / 3 min / 2018
What would you pack in the suitcase of a loved one, if they were going to be deported?
by Meredith Hoffman & Sarah Kuck / USA / 17 min / 2017
Three families who have been forced to return to Honduras, live in extremely violent conditions. Moving through the restless streets of the unstable capital city, and into the drama and determination of each family’s story, the film explores the experience of being returned to a familiar, yet increasingly unsafe situation due to the street’s gang control.
ERASING THE BORDER
by Laura Herrero Garvín / Mexico, USA / 12 min / 2018
Mexican-American artist Ana Teresa Fernández imagines a creative way to make the US-Mexico border wall disappear.
WHAT HAPPENS TO A DREAM DEFERRED
by Scott Boehm & Peter Johnston / USA / 12 min / 2018
An intimate portrait of a day in the life of two DACA recipients, José Adrián Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval, graduate students at Michigan State University whose lives were thrown into limbo after the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was rescinded on September 5, 2017.
Meredith Hoffman is an Austin based journalist who has focused her reporting on immigration the past several years contributing to Rolling Stone, the New York Times, VICE, and Slate. She most recently worked for the Associated Press covering the Texas legislative session. Meredith has also reported from throughout Latin America.