EMIGRATION THROUGH THE EYES OF THOSE WHO STAY BEHIND

For The Nation, I interviewed the filmmakers working on La Tierra de los Adioses (“The Land of Goodbyes”):

How does it affect the town’s culture? When I interviewed Mexican kids about America, I expected them to say, “Oh, it’s awesome I want to go there.” But they said “It sucks. You just work long hours, and you just go from your house to your workplace, and that’s it.” Hearing those answers changed my perspective on the kids. I used to just see them as people who were dreaming of coming to the US. But they don’t really want to come to the US. They want to stay in their town. They want to help their town to progress, they want to be with their families. Yet because of the economic situation and the lack of opportunities, they are forced into thinking that they need to come to the US, and that’s the best thing that could happen to them.

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