The State of Arizona: Stories of struggle over illegal immigration
This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values.
As part of the Community Cinema series, we were joined by Marcos Najera, a former NPR reporter in Arizona, and the filmmakers on Wednesday, November 6, at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum for an analysis of Arizona’s enforcement-led policy, which grew out of its unique position as the frontline border state, which is reshaping the national conversation around immigration reform. With dozens of states considering a similar approach, "The State of Arizona" holds a mirror and asks Americans who they are, and who they want to be.
Listen to the entire discussion:
Marcos Najera, former Latino affairs reporter for Arizona NPR affiliate 91.5 FM KJZZ
Carlos Sandoval, Producer/Director
Catherine Tambini, Producer/Director
Check out the write-ups on previous Community Cinema screenings for 2013.