The Trump administration will be remembered for a lot of things. The deployment of federal troops to fire teargas and rubber bullets at US citizens; the gross mishandling of a pandemic leading to over 149,000 deaths thus far; the latent misogyny; the nepotism; the 'fine folks on both sides'; and the hawking of a certain bean brand from the Resolute Desk in The Oval Office; I could go on. However, there has been one constant since Trump came into office. His wall.
This six-part documentary series by acclaimed filmmaking team Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau (Trophy) offers an unprecedented look at the processes, pitfalls and pain of immigration in America. Shot over three years, it captures the daily workings of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, activists, lawmakers, and attorneys, plus the swathe of undocumented immigrants.
They come in a range of guises, from recent desperate arrivals to longtime residents, to deported US military combat veterans, and heartbroken families. With an unrelenting flow continuing across the border, the pressure on ICE to enforce the administration's zero-tolerance policies puts the most vulnerable in the crosshairs. As ineffective deterrence and militarised tactics continue, this documentary provides an unbiased portrait of a country in a state of continuous crisis.