PROGRAM 003 – THE FRICTION OF FREEDOM
The United States has a history of helping refugees; most migration to the English colonies consisted of people fleeing oppression, and the United States continues to provide refugees with some help today. Yet, throughout its history, the country has also often denied refuge to desperate people fleeing persecution and conflict. We examine the refugee crisis through two parallel stories from the past and present.
CREDITS (in order of appearance)
Todd Miller – Journalist and Author
Arthur B. Shostak – Author, Professor of Sociology and Futurist
Carlos Spector – Immigration Attorney and Activist
Mother Jones Profile of Carlos Spector
Article by John Gibler - The Many Murders of Berta Cáceres
International Organization for Migration
International Rescue Committee
USC Shoah Visual History Archive (over 55,000 video testimonies about genocidal events - the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Genocide in Rwanda, the Nanjing Massacre, the Guatemalan Genocide, the Cambodian Genocide, the ongoing South Sudan Civil War, the Central Africa Republic conflict, and anti-Rohingya Mass Violence, Northern Syria)
Children of the Exodus - Hundreds of Mexican communities relocate because of organized crime. Now refugees in a strange city, children reveal the consequences of their displacement.
The Guardian of Memory – Carlos Spector, a Texas immigration lawyer, fights to obtain asylum for Mexicans whose families were murdered or disappeared.
Lumpkin, GA - An undocumented immigrant facing deportation. A private immigration prison. Stories of the immigration crackdown meet in Lumpkin, GA.
The Other Side of Home - The story of a Turkish woman who struggles to come to terms with her conflicted identity when she finds out her great grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide.
Memories of a Dreamer - A firsthand account of the hardship and human rights abuses suffered by political prisoner Félix Mora from Chile's cruel and inhumane dictatorship in 1973 and his eventual escape.