This documentary captures the joy and heartbreak of families separated by the U.S.-Mexico border sharing a short but bittersweet reunion in 2018.
Director: Everardo González
Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/80244679
How would you feel if you had no more than three minutes to hug your parents, nieces, nephew or grandparents after more than a decade apart?
In May 2018 an American advocacy group called ‘Border Network for Human Rights’ organised an event at the US/Mexico border in El Passo Texas, this event was called ‘Hugs not Walls’. Where families who are separated by American immigration rules can meet in the no man’s land between Mexico and the US.
‘A 3 Minute Hug’ follows this event, there is no narration, no background stories it is all just visual. Any information that you need to know is written on the screen in both English and Spanish. Also at the start of the film you hear recordings of telephone calls between families on both sides of the border who are getting ready to meet, but this is all the talking you hear.
The filming and editing tells the story and explains what is happening without needing anyone telling you, this makes the film even more moving to watch, in fact there were a few moments when I had tears in my eyes.
Regardless of your feelings or views on immigration I would recommend watching this short, 28 minute, documentary as it is very moving.
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