Immigrant Nation is an interactive project that uses personal narratives to give users multiple entry points into the issue of immigration. At the heart of this project is a simple premise: most people in the U.S. have an immigrant journey to share -- be it their own or the voyage of a relative in the past. As the hot-button topic of immigration divides communities across the country, this shared history has the potential to create commonality between new arrivals and those whose families have lived in the U.S. for generations.
Through the intersection of documentary film, user-generated storytelling, and social mapping, Immigrant Nation consists of an online storytelling platform, a series of eight short documentaries, and a series of live events to engage communities with their immigration stories.
USA, 2012, 7 minutes
Director: Theo Rigby, Kate Mclean
The Caretaker is a portrait of the relationship between an immigrant caretaker from Sonoma County, and an elderly woman in the last months of her life. The intimate short film addresses the complex and often deep bonds that develop between caretakers and the people they help in a time of need. Part of Immigrant Nation program.
USA, 2013, 9 minutes
Director: Theo Rigby
The Mayor is an intimate portrait of a small-town Southern Republican Mayor and his profound and unexpected connection to a mixed-status family of Mexican immigrants. Paul Bridges, the conservative Republican Mayor of Uvalda, Georgia, speaks fluent Spanish and is integrally connected to the Latino immigrant community in his town. Bridges has been a major part of the Hernandez family's life for over a decade and many of the members of the family are undocumented. After the State of Georgia adopts harsh anti-immigrant laws that make it a criminal act to drive or house undocumented people, Mayor Bridges stands up for his community and the Hernandez family both at home, and on the National stage.
The Words in the Margins
USA, 2012, 14 minutes
Director: Sara Mott
31 year-old Axel is learning to read for the first time with the help of his friend and tutor, Steve, a Kenyan immigrant.
Sebastopol Center of the Arts (View)
282 S High Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472
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