The plight of young immigrants caught in the political crossfire over immigration policy in the United States is the subject of a new documentary, The Crossfire Kids, airing Monday, October 13, 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm and Tuesday, October 21 at 11:00 pm on WPBT2.
The Crossfire Kids is a multi-week, cross-platform programming event, with a special web companion series and an exclusive online original mini-documentary. The web companion series will begin releasing on October 14 through WPBT’s uVu channel (http://goo.gl/HA9pqd), with new videos each week through October.
The Crossfire Kids puts a face on the current crisis of marginalized immigrant youth across the American landscape. Directed and produced by Miami filmmaker Oscar Corral, it features several young immigrants who came to the United States as minors but have found themselves stunted by the limitations of living life undocumented.
“We set out to make a film that tells the stories of immigrants who would otherwise have no voice,” said Corral, who also directed and produced the PBS-aired Tom Wolfe Gets Back to Blood in 2012.
“The human stories behind these immigrants are often forgotten in Washington’s political dysfunction,“ he continued. “Where others seek to vilify, we sought to humanize.“
Corral offers an intimate view of the underground lives of several immigrants, with exclusive footage that takes viewers into their living rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, churches, workplaces, and even Laundromats, where they live out their daily lives.
As the United States grapples with a humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors pouring across the U.S.-Mexico border, the 30-minute film shows that every case is different.
Oscar Turcios, a Honduran boy who fled to the United States after his brother and father were killed by gang members in his village. Donatila Diego, a Guatemalan farmworker who is struggling to raise the three children of her deported sister. And Peruvian immigrant Frida Barreto, who became an immigration reform advocate after her undocumented status held her back from her dream of going to college.
Also featured in the film are interviews with several South Florida leaders, including: Archbishop Thomas Wenski; Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado; former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz; Cheryl Little, founder of Americans for Immigrant Justice; and Al Cardenas, a GOP activist and Chairman of the American Conservative Union, who advocates for immigration reform.
The Crossfire Kids also draws attention to immigrants whose families have been torn apart by deportation, kids who can’t make it to college because of their legal status, and orphans who are trying to start a new life in an unwelcoming nation.
“There’s so much misinformation about immigrants and immigrant children,“ Corral said. “We want to show that these are human beings, not political chips.“