Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez from Democracy Now interviews independent film maker David Riker and award-winning Australian actress Abbie Cornish who made a movie about what it means to be involved in the human trafficking of immigrants to do America’s work. The Girl is an intimate story that reminds us that Mexican and Central American immigrants are the people who care for our children, tend our gardens, work in our fields to provide us with food. The story is told from the point-of-view of a young Texas woman who unwittingly becomes involved with The Girl, acted by Maritza Santiago from Oaxaca. Maritza was selected from 3,000 girls who tried out for the part when she was nine years old.
If you don’t do anything else today, please watch this interview and when the full-length feature film comes your way, please see it. Thank you! Opens March 8 in New York and March 16 in Los Angeles.
The Girl is a microcosm. Here in Oaxaca and in our village — in fact in most villages throughout the state, men and women leave their families behind to find work, send money home to support their families, and suffer incredible hardship. I know people who have been left behind and many who have gone to the U.S. and returned. They are honorable, decent and hardworking people who are family centric. It is a tragedy that the United States does not have a more human immigration policy.