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A Movie about Undocumented Immigrants
From El Diario
July 17, 2003

By Fernando Aquino

A group of councilmembers and undocumented immigrant rights activists approved the launch of the movie “Dirty Pretty Things” to show their support for a more friendly New York City policy for the undocumented.

Councilmembers Hiram Monserrate, Bill DeBlassio, John Liu, and Kendall Stewart, who spoke yesterday in the Red Room of the Municipal Council, consider the movie a legitimate representation of the abuses that undocumented immigrants in New York City suffer. The film, which will be in city movie theaters tomorrow, is based on the abuses to which undocumented immigrant in Britain are subject.

The director of the film, Stephen Friers, who was with the councilmembers, said he feels surprised that New York, which seems to be a diverse and open society, would have problems with its immigrants, in comparison with England, which he classified as a society hostile to those who come to the country.

The movie is a production of Miramax Films and BBC Films, and according to Friers and the councilmembers, is a dramatically depicts abuses to the undocumented, such as having to sell bodily organs, like kidneys, in order to get documents.

In the activities yesterday an advanced screening of the movie was presented, and the proposed legislation “Access Without Fear” and “Equal Access” were discussed by the councilmembers Monserrate and Liu.

Translated from Spanish by Charlotte Triggs.


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