Sunday, April 30, 2006

"Si se peude"

With the current discussion regarding immigrant rights, the appropriate policy for the country's almost 11 million undocumented workers and tomorrow's "National Day of Action on Immigrants' Rights," I remembered a film I watched last year titled "A Day Without a Mexican."

It's premise: "
“How do you make the invisible, visible? You take it away.”

As filmmakers we felt, beginning in 1994 with California’s Prop 187, that the half-truths constantly repeated in immigration discussions needed to be clarified. Using our artistic voice we intended to give form to a strong sentiment of discomfort we perceived in the Latino immigrant community but which up to now had had no clear shape, no loud voice. We believe that immigration reform is the civil rights struggle of our time. It is a struggle that affects all of us with its impact on the economic, social and cultural fabric of our society.

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