Jan 13, 2008 in BEYOND THE BORDER Reviews
“Imagine giving up everything…,” begins the trailer for Beyond the Border. Everyday my students come into contact with immigrants who have “given up everything”. But their stories remain invisible, hidden behind labels and preconceptions about the reasons why Latinos come to this country.
Beyond the Border gives my students a glimpse into the lives behind the labels and statistics. The film presents a rich tapestry of complex daily issues, economic motivations, and competing tensions all centering around the pain of migration and the need to adapt to a new culture while preserving one’s heritage, a tapestry that takes us beyond the talking points of our current debate on immigration.
Beyond the Border gives my students the tools to examine immigration in the US with a critical and humane eye. Once they’ve seen Beyond the Border, they know that the immigration debate can’t be reduced to anecdote, sound bites, or black-and-white, law-and-order analysis.
Beyond the Border is the most effective vehicle I have found for providing students with a sense of the human dimension of the immigrant’s saga today, the key dimension to them someday making an informed decision about the fate of people like the Ayala brothers.
Dr. Richard Pyrczak
Instructor, Spanish and French
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