Photo: Amnesty International
Attempting to bring awareness to the humanity and truth of immigration, Gael Garcia Bernal, in partnership with Amnesty International, has filmed a number of conversations with immigrants all over Mexico as they attempt to cross into the United States.
The four-part film called, The Invisibles chronicles the hardships of immigration for those traveling from Latin American countries through Mexico. Every year, these travelers, looking for a better life for themselves and their families face any number of horrid experiences. Rape, murder, and kidnapping are extremely common for immigrants.
“People leave their countries to find a better future,” says one of the men interviewed, “But instead of finding a better future, they come across things they would never expect to find. It’s very sad for all of us because we are all suffering.”
The Invisibles exposes the truth behind one of the most dangerous journeys in the world and reveals the untold stories of the people who make the journey north through Mexico.
In Part One, titled Seaworld, García Bernal born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, speaks with a family traveling from El Salvador with three children, the youngest just a year and eight months old. One of the children, a little girl, carries around pictures of Seaworld and looks forward to the day she can one day visit the beauty in her photos. Her father expresses something often overlooked by anti-immigration proponents when he says, “I would prefer us to be in our country, for there to be more work in El Salvador, that things were better so that we wouldn’t have to travel and start another life.” Many immigrants have traveled to the U.S. attempting to escape the poor conditions, but they would still give anything to have the same opportunities in their homelands, as they do in the U.S..
You can view the documentary here.