AES442 University of Washington Trafficked in America Film Analysis

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AES 442_Fall 2019 Prof. C. Pinedo-Turnovsky Extra Credit Assignment Film Option for Extra Credit Due on Friday, December 6, 2019 by 11pm. No late submissions. You may only submit one assignment for extra credit in this class – DACA event OR Film option. Format: Citations: Credit: Up to 2 typed single-spaced pages with 1” margins using 12pt Times New Roman. Use one academic style guide, i.e. MLA, Chicago, ASA or APA throughout the assignment. Use (author’s last name, page#) when citing class readings; all other sources require full citations. Point value of 0pts-0.1pts added to final course grade on a 4.0 scale. Instructions: View one film and incorporate responses to the following in the form of an essay. 1. Present a short description about the film that you viewed – one paragraph is sufficient. 2. Incorporate one relevant concept from our class and explain a substantive connection to the film. Provide more than just a reference to it – define the concept and explain its relevance using examples from the film to support the points you make. 3. Discuss a law or policy relevant to the film and is pertinent to class material. This may be explicitly stated in the film or is one that you identify on your own. This part of your essay should demonstrate independent research. 4. What is one meaningful take-away that you learned from the film? For example, “X in the film challenged one of your assumptions because it…” Be sure to explain. Films: Please view films in the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries Media Center out of courtesy to peers who wish to view the same one. Call numbers are listed in the catalog. If your choice is unavailable, please view a different one. Students might organize a group viewing for films available via website links, HBO, Amazon and the like. Living Undocumented, Nextflix series (6 episodes). 2019. Producers Selena Gomez, Aaron Saidman and Eli Holzman. Eight undocumented families' fates roller-coast as the United States' immigration policies are transformed. Narratives link across Honduras, Mexico, Israel, Laos, Colombia and Mauritania and cover legal statuses such as visa overstay, legal permanent resident, refugee, undocumented, DACA and mixed-status families to name a few. You should watch at least two episodes; episode 6 is an especially distinct and poignant one. The Chinese Exclusion Act. 2018. PBS An American Experience. Filmmakers Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. (UW) Clinica de migrantes. 2016. HBO Documentaries. Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin; produced by Jenny Lim. Underserved, undocumented immigrants with medical issues often end up in emergency rooms as a costly last resort, and can be charged thousands of dollars for little more than an aspirin. Puentes de Salud and similar clinics across the country are trying to address this issue and provide care for these men, women and children. Deported. 2012. Rachele Magloire and Chantal Regnault. Through portraits and interviews of four deportees in Haiti and their families in North America, Deported presents the tragedy of broken lives, forced separation from American children and spouses, alienation and stigmatization endured in a country they don't know and don't understand. (UW) Golden Venture. 2006. Directed by Peter Cohn. On June 6, 1993, the coastal freighter Golden Venture ran aground in New York City with the largest shipment of illegal aliens ever recorded, as a Chinatown gang tried to smuggle 286 Chinese into the US. This film follows four of the ship's passengers, who survived the sinking and a long subsequent imprisonment, in their present lives. (UW) The Hand That Feeds. 2016. Written, directed and produced by Rachel Lears, Robin Blotnick. Undocumented immigrant workers organize themselves to fight a culture of exploitation and mistreatment that gives them zero rights and only slightly more in wages. Their determination builds into a popular movement that draws on the wider community, the courts, and Occupy Wall Street protestors. (UW) The Harvest/La Cosecha. 2011. U. Roberto Romano, Cinema Libre Studio. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers. Sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive, they journey from the scorching heat of Texas onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. (UW) Limited Partnership. 2014. Directed and produced by Thomas G. Miller. Award-winning documentary about Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan, one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the United States. (UW) Persons of Interest. 2003. First Run/Icarus Films. Former detainees of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent who were arbitrarily arrested and interrogated in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, tell their stories. (UW) Rape on the Night Shift. 2018. PBS Frontline. Producers, Lowell Bergman, Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel. investigate the sexual abuse of immigrant women who clean the malls where you shop, the banks where you do business and the offices where you work. Ready for War. 2019. Showtime Films. David Ayer and Drake produced a documentary on immigrants deported after volunteering in the U.S military. Premieres November 22 at 9pm on Showtime. Sentenced Home. 2008. Produced, written and directed by David Grabias and Nicole Newnham. This film examines the cases of three young Cambodian Americans who are being deported. Raised in inner city Seattle, they pay an unbearable price for mistakes they made as teenagers. Caught between their tragic pasts and an uncertain future, these young men and their families confront a legal system that offers no second chances. (UW) Trafficked in America. 2018. Frontline tells the story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on an egg farm in Ohio. Frontline goes inside the hidden world of labor trafficking exposing a criminal network that exploits undocumented minors, the companies who profit from their labor and how government policies and practices helped to deliver some teens directly to their traffickers. Welcome to Shelbyville 2011. Film by Kim A. Snyder. Documents a Southern town as its leaders and residents — White people, African Americans, Latino and Somali immigrants — grapple with their beliefs, histories, and changing community as more immigrants come through the town. (UW) Well-Founded Fear, 2000. The Epidavros Project, Roco Films International. Illustrates the process of seeking asylum in the U.S. by following several asylum applicants and asylum officers during the interview process. (UW) Please note: Completing this assignment does not automatically result in earning extra credit. A successful assignment is a constructive and substantive essay that addresses 1-4. Partial credit may be given to essays that effectively discuss 1,2 and 4. You may only submit one assignment for extra credit this term. There are no late submissions or extensions for this assignment. Page - 2 - of 2
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Film Option Assignment:
Trafficked in America
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Trafficked In America
Trafficked in America is a documentary written, produced, and directed by Daffodil Altan
and Andres Cediel for Frontline and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley. The
investigative documentary tracks the story of some undocumented Guatemalan teenagers from
their country to work in egg farms in Ohio. According to the Altan, the teenagers are promised a
bright future in America by a contractor. The parents of the teenagers submit the title deeds of
their pieces of land to the contractor who demands a fee for transporting the teenagers. The
journey to Ohio is lengthy as the teenagers are transported through Mexico (Frontline, 2018).
Furthermore, the documentary reveals the loopholes in federal law, which is meant to protect
them from traffickers. The documentary shows the inhumane conditions that the teenagers are
subjected to in the egg factories once they are released from the holding cells at the border to
their sponsors. Additionally, the teenagers work long hours at egg farms with little time for
breaks. The houses that they live in are unsanitary and beyond capacity. Moreover, the wages
they receive for the week are used to pay contractors who facilitate their journey to the United
States (US). Altan and her team reveal a network of contractors who tra...

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