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The Deported

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Excellent, timely, emotionally intense documentary.

Movie NR 2019 91 minutes
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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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