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LAS ABOGADAS: Attorneys on the Front Lines of the Migrant Crisis

Victoria Bruce
United States, 2022, 91 min.

In English, Spanish & French with English subtitles.
Includes adult language.

AIFF Award Winner:
Special Jury Award tor Activist Filmmaking

Las Abogadas follows a group of immigration attorneys over a multi-year odyssey as the U.S. government under President Trump upends every law meant to protect those fleeing from persecution, violence and war. From setting up a legal clinic in a Volkswagen bus in the middle of 5000 desperate migrants, to forcing border guards to follow the law and accept a blind woman into U.S. custody, to counseling African migrants stuck in Tijuana, to giving legal advice in the brutally hot Mexican sun to families desperate to see American soil — we watch our characters’ surreal journeys to try and help.

Director's Statement

With the rhetoric in Washington increasing to a fever pitch around the subject of refugees coming to the southern border, it was important for me as a documentary film director to bring a humanitarian face to the crisis in a way that would engage audiences in the United States and other developed countries and inspire people to action - to show that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.

Category: Documentary, Feature, Award Winner.
Themes: Immigration, Border, Social Justice, Women.

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