‘Living Undocumented’ is an eye-opening documentary series on Netflix that attempts to lend a humane element to the controversial immigration debate. It is about families who try to make a home in the US while facing the constant possibility of being deported. It credits Mexican-American actress Selena Gomez as one of its executive producers, alongside Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman.
Selena Gomez shared the reasons why she produced the show, saying, “I chose to produce this series, Living Undocumented, because, over the past few years, the word ‘immigrant’ has seemingly become a negative word. My hope is that the series can shed light on what it’s like to live in this country as an undocumented immigrant firsthand, from the courageous people who have chosen to share their stories.”
Aaron Saidman emphasized on the importance of the show, saying, ‘Living Undocumented’ tries to shed light on an important issue, which to date, has been discussed only through statistics and policy debates. The show encourages audiences to change their thought process by experiencing real-life, emotional stories, told directly by the immigrants themselves. Hopeful, harrowing, and sometimes illuminating, these tales explore a different side of the complex US immigration system as families struggle to pursue the American Dream.
The first season of the show was received well. Now, will there be ‘Living Undocumented’ season 2? Here’s everything we know.
Living Undocumented Cast: Who is in it?
‘Living Undocumented’ centers around eight immigrant families who have agreed, in spite of the associated risks, to allow film crews to narrate their lives as they face the probability of deportation. These people are primarily from Mexico and Central America, who are battling every day to gain legal US citizenship status. The individuals not only face the threat of being separated from their loved ones but are constantly tormented by the changing and evolving legal protection rules in the United States.
Among the people featured in the show, we meet young aliens brought by their parents to the country while they were children, and are therefore subject to unclear regulations, especially after President Obama instated the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) policy in 2018 to protect such residents, which was then ruled as “likely unconstitutional” by District Court Judge Andrew Hanen.
Living Undocumented Plot: What is it about?
Netflix is known for curating a gamut of shows and films, revolving around the Latin American community. We already know about its short documentary, ‘After Maria’, which chronicles the plight of victims after Hurricane Maria displaced multiple citizens from Puerto Rico. ‘Living Undocumented’, that centers primarily around Mexican and Central American immigrants in the US, is also an attempt in the same direction. It is about eight undocumented families, facing the risk of deportation while their stories are being filmed and broadcast online.
‘Living Undocumented’ is about people who “live in the shadows” and it attempts to answer a question: how does an average citizen recognize an immigrant? Across the episodes, we meet interviewed people, among whom some are business owners and regular neighbors. But since they don’t have the required documentation to stay in the US, they are subjected to indiscriminate racism. As we hear their stories, we have to admit that most of the scenes are heartbreaking. There is this young girl who says she always knew that she was not born in the US — but what she did not know was that it would prove to be so dangerous. Between tears, she explains how she “has to do everything scared.”
In another episode, a man is taken to the immigration detention center while his family is forcibly pushed out the door. Again, a young girl asks, why her mother, who is not a criminal is being deported when the policy is meant to deport only criminals. With a period of 20 years for a green card to be finally approved, the story also brings in a shred of hope — by introducing a humane side to the immigration battle through actual human faces who are living the experience. Additionally, ‘Living Undocumented’ explains how immigrants bring in added benefits to the country when they are treated with dignity and respect.
‘Living Undocumented’ is a tough yet inspiring watch and it might play a role in changing the viewpoints of people who are against immigration. By presenting multiple perspectives and highlighting diverse people, it reminds viewers that immigration is something they should all care about.
Living Undocumented Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Living Undocumented’ season 1 premiered globally on Netflix on October 2, 2019. All of its eight episodes landed on the platform on the same date.
As far as the next season goes, there’s certainly a lot of scope to tell more painful stories of undocumented immigrants. Even though, the show not been officially renewed, there’s a good chance it will be. You can expect ‘Living Undocumented’ season 2 to release sometime in October, 2020.
Living Undocumented Trailer:
You can check out the official trailer for ‘Living Undocumented’ below:
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