Comedy + Undocumented Immigration: Do they mix?

Scene from film short, La Línea

When I received an E-mail from a man named Evan about a film described as “An indie feature comedy about undocumented immigration” – I was intrigued but also wary. “How can undocumented immigration be funny?” I asked myself.

I continued to read Evan’s E-mail, giving him the benefit of the doubt and followed the link he gave me to a Kickstarter campaign where I could find out more. (Kickstarter is a website where one is able to raise funds for projects.) The project, Sun Belt Express, is a film he wants to produce – and, well, I’ll let him tell you about it.

Even after viewing this video and sensing real sincerity from this guy, I was still a little skeptical. Mixing comedy with such a sensitive topic wouldn’t be easy, and if done without care, could do a lot of harm. I didn’t want to endorse something I wasn’t totally certain about so I asked if I could see the full length version of the film short, La Línea, to get a sense of what he’s up to. After watching it, I was sold. I can see why La Línea received the recognition that it did at film festivals and I can’t wait to see more from Evan and his team. What they’re working on is something special – something that deserves to be made.

The more I think about it, what could be more representative of Latinos than the ability to find humor in even the most difficult of situations? It’s one of the things I identify with and admire most about the culture.

I started to think about Carlos’s journey to the United States and some of the stories he’s told me – and yes, there are some funny ones – Maybe I’ll share them here one day, but for now, if you want to know more about Sun Belt Express, click over to their Kickstarter campaign, support them with a donation, and spread the word so they can get funded before the fast approaching deadline.

Posted on July 30, 2012, in Culture, humor, immigration, Issues, Latinidad, positive thinking, TV/movie. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I was thinking the same thing you said, the ability to find humor in amazingly difficult situations is what makes life livable. We laugh not only about the ways our family arrived here, but also about the strategies used to avoid detection. Some of it is really funny! I think that humor can also bring attention to the absurdity of the immigration process in this country.

  2. It is a touchy subject, thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  3. Hmmm….this sounds really interesting Tracy. Please do share more details when you get them…I would love to see more. He definitely sounds sincere and I’m thinking this could be worth watching! ;)

  4. I suppose comedy can be found in migration, poverty and xenophobic immigration policies – as long as there is a sense of humor about them :\

    • Glenn, I had the same thoughts at first but after viewing La Línea I have a different perspective. This is inspirational – it’s about people finding humor in difficult situations. In part, it’s that optimism that allows people to immigrate in the first place. If one thinks only of the poverty, the dangers, the prejudice – I think many wouldn’t even try to attempt the journey — you have to have hope that there’s a way to make things better and it’s that same positive attitude that allows people to laugh in situations that aren’t conventionally funny.

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