When filmmaker Linda Freedman released her video Unaccompanied: Alone in America on social media on July 1st 2018, she could only hope that her depiction of young children having to represent themselves in US Immigration hearings perhaps might reach a few thousand people. Four days later, much to her surprise, her video had been viewed over 40 million times.
In the course of two or three days, she and her small support team were fielding media requests from all over the world. “The images of those young children sitting in a courtroom alone unquestionably struck a nerve,” said Freedman. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would be sitting in a studio talking to CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera just five days after the video was released.”
After four years of research, interviews and production work, Linda Freedman's film is now being viewed all over the globe, and her next hope is for policy reform. Reform that will honor the basic human rights of immigrant children to have free, court-appointed lawyers, and laws that keep families together to prevent the trauma that occurs when children and parents are separated at the border.
Watch the unedited version of our film below:
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