In search of an answer as to why people risk their lives to come to the United States, Emmy® Award winning filmmaker Lourdes Lee Vasquez embarked on a journey in 2007 to uncover the root-cause of mass, unauthorized migration in a documentary called The Immigration Paradox. She interviewed a wide array of ordinary people and experts on immigration, from backgrounds that include economics, sociology, philosophy, history, public policy and activism—in an effort to gain different perspectives and viewpoints on the controversial and divisive issue at hand.
In an exclusive interview with La Voz, a newspaper for Phoenix, Arizona, Vasquez admits that she started the project seven years ago with the intent of presenting only two different viewpoints on the topic of immigration. However, as she delve into the interviews of several different people, she and her film team realized that not everything is “black and white,” and that there does exist a variety of standing points on the subject matter.
The Immigration Paradox is Vasquez’ effort to unite the community and call for dialogue among people “that will lead to “constructive solutions” to ending the vicious cycle in which we have lived of blaming each other for the effects of immigration in our country. She stated that the seven-year adventure of producing this documentary gave her “fear, anxiety, peace and hope, but above all…faith for our humanity and that’s what kept [her] going”.
The film premiered on September 27th in a red carpet event at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. And, although Bryan Vasquez, the co-producer and main photographer for the film, has not set specific dates for future showings, he does hope to “provide avenues for further distribution—venue showings in and around Arizona, California, [and] Texas.” Check out Tipmovie.com to watch a trailer of the documentary and to stay updated on future events as well as DVD and Blu-ray release dates.
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