Indivisible

A heartrending exploration of the human cost of US immigration policy

Indivisible The young people at the heart of the US immigration debate are given a voice in this moving profile of the families torn apart by anti-immigration measures. Renata, Evelyn and Antonio were brought to the US by their parents in search of a better life, but their families are now divided as a result of deportation. They are known as Dreamers, fighting to be heard among the turbulence and controversy surrounding US immigration reform.

"It's been six years that I haven't seen my mom. I can't see her because I'm undocumented". This is Renata's story - one she shares with thousands of undocumented young people in the US. After growing up in America and identifying as an American, she must now decide whether to leave her home or stay apart from her parents. Though she finds the separation difficult, she refuses to be forced from home. "I felt like going back was giving up. I refuse to give up," she vents. "I'm so angry at what they've done to our family."

Evelyn is in the same difficult position - after growing up in the states, her mother was arrested and deported to Colombia. The repurcussions of this event have had wide ranging consequence for her family, as her sister, who is a citizen through birth, can testify: "I got married last month and I had to go through the decision of trying to figure out how to do a wedding. Because I have my sister, who cannot leave the country and I have my mother, who cannot come into the country."

After years of seperation, Evelyn and Renata finally travel miles to meet their mothers - standing on other sides of the US-Mexico border. A physical barrier between them, they can not even embrace, but it is the best opportunity they can get. "I thought I was going to be able to give you a hug," Evelyn's mother says through tears. "This is very humiliating."

With significant opposition towards immigration on the rise in American politics, the road to enfranchisement for migrants and their families is a long one. As this moving doc exposes, behind the politics are vulnerable people and shattered lives.
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The Producers


HILARY LINDER combines her knowledge in the fields of international development and humanitarian relief with her passion for non-fiction storytelling as the director and producer of Indivisible. Hilary is the founder and president of Kudzu Films, a production company dedicated to spreading social justice through film.


Recently, Hilary monitored humanitarian emergencies for USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and served as a Programs Manager at the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, where she managed projects aimed at promoting job growth and smart, sustainable economic development. Hilary also has established education scholarships for children in Zimbabwe and Tanzania and conducted independent HIV/AIDS research in Rwanda.

Hilary holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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