Immigration Nation

4 films in this block • 90 minutes

Block Description

“Immigrants – we get the job done!” We hope Hamilton and LaFayette would be excited with this film block for today’s current events. “The Quiet Force” and “Blessings of Liberty” spotlight how the current administration has affected immigrants and their communities. “Hike the Line” takes a look at hiking around the U.S. Mexico Border, while “Ferryman at the Wall” displays how the border wall as affect one small town in Texas.


The Films

The Quiet Force

  • Year 2019
  • Country Mexico & USA
  • Runtime 35 min
  • Director Sophie Danison & Hilary Byrne

Subtitles

Through individual experiences living in tourism-driven mountain communities, The Quiet Force explores social and economic impacts of the Latino immigrant workforce relating to the current national immigration policies.

Hike the Line

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Corey Robinson

Hike the Line follows two long-distance backpackers, Tenny Ostrem and Claire Wernstedt-Lynch, on the first ever thru-hike of the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. For 175 days, these two women persevere through the most difficult adventure of their lives while gaining a unique perspective on America’s controversial immigration policies. Challenges around safety protocol and campsite selection tax the most valuable resource they have, each other. The hikers’ many encounters with activists, ranchers, Border Patrol, and migrants challenge their expectations about this highly contested region of our country.

Blessings of Liberty

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 27 min
  • Director Emily Thomas

Subtitles

At the height of American political polarization hundreds of Iraqi Christians living in Detroit face deportation from the President they helped elect. Blessings of Liberty follows two families from the community awaiting their fates as they question everything they thought they knew about America.

Ferryman at the Wall

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 16 min
  • Director David Freid

A visitor’s guide to America’s great big border wall. Originally proposed as an international peace park with Mexico, Big Bend, Texas has a unique relationship with its southern neighbor. For the past 40 years, Mike Davidson has been ferrying tourists across the Rio Grande for a little taste of Mexican life — but now a great big border wall might divide the park.