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“Welcome to the land of the free.”
The guys who brought you Gravity have come back down to Earth…and they want you to join them in a hot, barren desert. Mexican producer-director Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonas, are the minds behind Desierto, a new movie about a Minuteman-style border vigilante who hunts down a group of immigrants from Mexico. Gael García Bernal plays an immigrant who is crossing into the United States to reunite with his son when things go TERRIBLY wrong.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Alfonso Cuarón spoke about one of the film’s themes, immigration. “The rhetoric [we hear] defines migrants as this abstract entity. That comes together with ‘swarms’… or ‘hordes’… or ‘aliens.’ And they’re devoid of humanity,” said Cuarón, who added: “I think it’s so important that the immigration has to be discussed from the standpoint of humanity, not from that of ‘the other.’”