How to Tell A True Immigrant Story

360º Documentary

Saratoga Springs, New York is a white and affluent town of 28,000 whose tourist economies are maintained by the labor of people who migrate to the US annually. “How to Tell a True Immigrant Story” is a poetic and participatory metanarrative that weaves together experiences of members of the Latinx immigrant community in Saratoga Springs as they respond to increased ICE activity and anti-immigrant sentiment after the 2016 presidential election. The film aims to expand understanding of experiences otherwise reduced to politically expedient constructs while marshaling the surveillance logic of 360 video to interrogate ways that documentary itself has potential to operate, like a border protection interview, to “make accessible” (Trinh T. Minh-ha) those who are otherwise marked other.


For more on this project, please see this article.

Exhibitions

World Premiere, Locarno Film Festival 2019

Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, 2020 

Grinnell College Museum of Art, 2020

Slamdance Digital Interactive & Gaming Showcase, 2019 

Entrevues Film Festival, Belfort, France 2019 

Encounters Film Festival, UK, 2019 

Adirondack Film Festival, 2019 

Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference: Medias, Migrations & Movements, 2019 

Networked Disruptions, a project of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

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