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This feature length documentary gets to the heart of the U.S. immigration system. After 18 years in America, Tony and Janina Wasilewski’s family is torn apart when Janina is deported back to Poland, taking their 6 year old son Brian with her. Set on the backdrop of the Chicago political scene, and featuring Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez at the heart of the immigration reform movement, this film follows the Wasilewski’s 3-year struggle to be reunited, as their Senator Barack Obama rises to the Presidency.
With a fresh perspective on the immigration conversation, this film tells the untold human rights story of Post-9/11, that every undocumented immigrant in America faces today, with the power to open the conversation for change. The film is produced by Ruthless Films (Alma, Lipstick & Dynamite) in association with Kartemquin Films (PBS immigration series The New Americans, Hoop Dreams, In the Family). Anti-immigrant sentiment in the U.S. is rampant. It is often referenced as the new white supremacy movement. And while undocumented migrants contribute to the economy more that they ‘take’, they are the growing scapegoat of economic downturn.