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Sunday, March 5, 2023

At the Movies: Split at the Root (2022)


Split at the Root is a documentary that would be of interest to ImmigrationProf readers.  The IMDb database describes the film as follows:  “When a Guatemalan mother seeking asylum was separated from her kids under Zero Tolerance Policy, a Facebook post by a mom in Queens coalesced into a movement as thousands of like-minded women across the US refused to stand by quietly.” 

“When news of the [Trump administration’s] Department of Justice’s zero-tolerance policy for unauthorized entry into the United States came out in mid-2018, a group of moms in Queens sprang into action. They created an organization called Immigrant Families Together, aimed at reuniting mothers held at Eloy Detention Center in Arizona with the children taken from them by the government. `Split at the Root’ follows one of these women: Rosayra, an asylum seeker from Guatemala who had crossed into the U.S. with her two sons. The documentary . . . is a heartbreaking reminder of the cruelty of these separations, showing that reunification is often only the beginning of a long journey for the families torn apart.”

The film is streaming on Netflix.  Reviews can be found here and here.


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