More documentaries about immigration; a sign of things to come?

Yesterday, I posted on a new documentary called “In the Shadow of the Raid” and today, two new documentaries were brought to my attention (one from a blog commentor and one from a twitter follower). They both look like great films. Trailers are below:

“Citizen Me: The Forgotten Class”:

“The Other Side of Immigration”:

I’m wondering if all the attention independent filmmakers seem to be paying the immigration issue is a sign of things to come. In my mind, independent films like this seem to have a finger on the pulse of what’s coming next, in terms of topics or trends or mindsets. These new films seem poised to help change minds about the issue, by humanizing the debate and making it real in a way that most people can feel and relate to.

Perhaps one of the best films I’ve seen on how the immigration debate impacts local communities is a film called “Liberty 9500”. Set in Prince William County, Virginia, the films documents what has become “ground-zero” in the immigration debate in the United States. I strongly recommend that anyone interested in this issue or anyone who lives in the United States for that matter, see this film. It will be premiering here in Washington, DC this Thursday at the E  Street Theater. But there are even more dates across the country for you to check it out. Click here for a schedule. Below is the trailer – and let me just say the rest of the film is even more powerful.

2 responses to “More documentaries about immigration; a sign of things to come?

  1. Thank you for this information.

  2. Hi-

    I’m the director of THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION. I’m currently touring the US (and Europe from time to time) showing this film at universities and film festivals. If your university or organization is interested in sponsoring a screening, please be in touch. More information is available at

    I shot THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION in rural Mexico while conducting a survey of over 700 Mexican families as part of my doctoral research. The film encourages novel and creative thinking about immigration policy by examining the root of causes of undocumented immigration and the effects of immigration on those who remain behind in the Mexican countryside.

    The film’s message is both powerful and subtle, avoiding dogma and ideological arguments to present a well-reasoned investigation of this critical social, political, and economic issue.

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