As the administration removes protective statuses from vulnerable immigrant populations,separates families and points to immigrants as alien and destructive to American culture, the need for reframing images and discourse around immigrant families has become increasingly urgent. While the cinematic American family has changed over the years (the Pritchett’s and the Dunphy’s of Modern Family are a far cry from the Beavers in Leave it to Beaver) I am interested in creating a film that presents today’s American family as both mixed status and mixed ethnic. Hence the Diaz family is born, a family that while fighting through separation due to unjust immigration laws, also grapples with disability, career change, the choice to intermarry, how to raise children with limited resources and how best to communicate in spite of generational, cultural and linguistic challenges.
This period of escalated aggression toward immigrant families coincides with the #MeToo movement and a growing awareness of lack of representation both in front of and behind the camera. As the old standards of developing and consuming film and new media are breaking down and being recreated, I am especially excited for the partnership between multicultural artists, activists and community members to create a cinematic story that we believe will accurately reflect mixed, immigrant communities while also reaching a broad, diverse audience.