3 Movies That Update the Immigrant Narrative in Film


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Hermia & Helena by Matías Piñeiro is an updated adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream following Camila (Agustina Muñoz) arriving in New York.

Remezcla's Manuel Betancourt says it best: 

"...Hermia & Helena points to a kind of immigrant story that feels all too slight to be even labeled as one. But in its interest in translation and cultural exchange, Piñeiro is pointing to a new kind of transnational movie only made possible by new modes of film funding and production – this isn’t quite an American film, and not quite a Latin American film, but something, somewhere in between."


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Nasty Baby by Sebastián Silva touches on one of protagonist's immigration status only tangentially. Portrayed by the film's director and writer, Sebastián Silva, Freddy is a fully fleshed out three-dimensional character, with goals and conflicts that do not depend on his legal status.


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Nobody's Watching by Julia Solomonoff navigates the dueling realities of being both Latino and white as Nico (Guillermo Pfening) tries to remain anonymous once he overstayed his visa. Nico tries to use his blond hair and blue eyes to continue hiding (but his accent and status are still dead giveaways). However, Nico is not just an immigrant character, but a filmmaker who tries to make it big in the city that never sleeps. 

These three films portray an updated immigrant narrative that better relate the complexities of actual immigrant stories. 

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