If there is any hope for the future of immigration reform in this country,it will probably come from unlikely places. It has not been that the strategies have been wrong, just that the battlefields chosen were unwinnable. In the midst of this recession Middle America is still not convinced that allowing the undocumented to come out of the shadows is a good idea. As it was expected, the movement has stalled now that we have entered an election season and the issue will move to the back-burner.
But rather than look east to Washington, perhaps it is time we look west to Hollywood. After all, more people can recognize Harry Potter than the Vice President.
While you may not know his name, you definitely have heard of his movies. About a Boy, American Pie, The Golden Compass and one of the largest box office success stories in recent history- Twilight: New Moon. Chris Weitz has established himself as a main stream Blockbuster Director to the point that he now can choose his projects. And that is exactly what he did after New Moon brought in over 700 million. From Vampires and CGI rendered talking animals he ventured off into a subject matter that would seem odd at first glance, but makes perfect sense after you talk to him. This past summer, his film A Better Life opened in the midst of the action packed cinema season full of comic book heroes and Transformers.
“One of the interesting things about the film is that it has been 25 years in the making.” Chris told us. “We really did not want to make a film that was just preaching to the choir on the issue of immigration. We knew that we would never reach the hardcore anti-immigrant groups. But there were people in the middle who could be affected by the message.” The message in A Better Life comes through without preaching. The story follows an undocumented single father gardener in East LA (Demián Bichir) who is just trying to provide a future for his son. He manages to scrape together enough money to purchase a pickup truck to start his own business, only to have the truck stolen. Not being able to go to the police, he and his son begin a quest across LA to recover the truck.
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