EoM contributor Justin Waldman recently interviewed producers Marti Noxon and Maria Grasso and co-founder of Immigrant Families Together Julie Schwietert Collazo to discuss their work on the documentary Split at the Root, which is premiering at SXSW. During their conversation, the injustice of separating families and the continuous fight to reunite them is discussed, as well as how COVID-19 has interfered with the reunification efforts.
If you prefer an audio edition, you can listen to this interview here:
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. Immigrant Families Together was born; a rapid response group committed to doing what the government couldn’t – or wouldn’t do: reunite parents with their children separated by the Zero Tolerance Policy.
Families separated at the border made headlines in 2018, prompting protests and policy changes. Over 2,000 children’s reunification status are still unknown and thousands of people impacted by separations are still suffering the effects of pursuing asylum.
World premiere during SXSW 2022.
Screening during the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.
SXSW Screening Information:
* Sunday, March 13th, Screening @ 3pm CT at Alamo Lamar A
* Monday, March 14th, On-line Screening @ 9:00am CT
* Tuesday, March 15th, Screening @ 12:00p CT at SXSW Film Theater
* Friday, March 18th, Screening @ 9:00p CT at Satellite Venue: AFS Cinema
EoM contributor Justin Waldman is a member of Film Independent. He has studied film studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario Canada and has been writing since 2012 starting off with his first review being that of Jason Statham’s Safe.
Categories: Filmmaker Interviews