A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The power of committed individuals to stand up against injustice.
Positive Role Models
Religious leaders and followers shown putting their beliefs into practice by providing sanctuary for immigrants threatened with deportation, protesting policies they believe to be unjust.
Violence & Scariness
Photos of dead bodies. One of the subjects discusses how her father sexually abused and threatened to kill her.
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"F--k" used several times. "Motherf----rs." "S--t," "bulls--t," "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Talk of marijuana smoking. One of the subjects discusses her arrest for marijuana possession.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Deported is a documentary that follows four families facing deportation in the wake of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" stance on immigration. There are intensely emotional moments throughout the film -- kids crying as their parents are deported, stressed-out adults angry and cursing after coming home to find that someone has broken in and stolen their things, fear and anger over the threat of being deported, and more. Expect occasional profanity throughout, including "motherf----rs" and "f--k." There are photos of dead bodies, and one of the subjects discusses how her father sexually abused her and threatened to kill her, her mom, and her brother. Besides following the stories of these four families, the documentary also interviews officials in charge of implementing the current immigration policies, as well as an ICE officer whose job is to enforce the policies. Overall, the film puts human faces on a topic that's intensely controversial. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You'd be hard pressed to find a documentary timelier than The Deported. While unlikely to change many minds on such a controversial topic, the documentary nonetheless succeeds in putting human faces on a topic prone to broad-brush generalization. While following the four families profiled in the documentary, a question raised in the movie highlights the frustration, resistance, and struggle: "Is this the America we want to be?" It forces the viewer to confront ugly realities about contemporary immigration policies in the United States when those being deported seem more like the living embodiment of the American Dream instead of the "rapists and criminals" President Trump and his followers believe them to be.
Unsurprisingly, The Deported has incurred the wrath of supporters of "zero tolerance" immigration policy. Again, those who believe that those profiled in the documentary are little more than criminals who broke the law by entering the country illegally will most likely not be convinced to change their views. On the other hand, for those who believe the view espoused by the Methodist minister in Detroit providing sanctuary to one of the families in the documentary, "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty," as well as those who are trying to make sense of what's happening, The Deported is an intense and provocative look at the lives impacted by Trump Administration policy.
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