A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People are all the same. All people who are separated from their loved ones mourn their losses.
Positive Role Models
Although some of the participants in this event may have been angry and sad after being separated for so long by political considerations, the huge gathering was peaceful, orderly, and calm, and an advertisement for love and the unbreakable bonds of family.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A 3 Minute Hug is a documentary account of an unusual 2018 event allowing people on either side of the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico to cross under supervision and spend a few minutes with family members. Parents, kids, and other family members separated in some cases for years are reunited for a brief time in the hot sun, and hugs are the main method of celebration, mourning, and communication. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This bittersweet reunion documentary is sure to be a moving experience for families. Everardo Gonzalez, director of A 3 Minute Hug, wisely chose to stay out of the way of his subjects, who in their simple reunions provided more drama, pathos, laughter, and tears than most other movies of three times the length. The film beautifully captures the urgency, joy, and, ultimately, the sadness of these great displays of love and affection. Tears of joy give way to tears of loss as all parties but the smallest babies know they will go back to their respective sides and perhaps never see loved ones again.
Using no formal narrative, the film manages to convey that all people are the same. Members of the Latinx community are observed here, but they could just as easily be replaced with people grouped in other distinguishing categories -- by religion, ethnicity, language, skin color, sexual orientation, economic privilege -- and their actions and emotions would undoubtedly be identical.
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