Thursday, April 9, 2020

Clip For Your Critical Race Theory Class

With President Donald Trump, you've got your pick of excellent clips for use in your Critical Race Theory class. Let me suggest one more (0:07-0:16):

Reporter: Seattle police have reported a surge in calls about domestic violence. A number of groups have raised concerns...

President: About Mexican violence?

Reporter: Domestic violence.

-KitJ

April 9, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television, Teaching Resources | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, April 5, 2020

At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus: Superbad (2007)

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Too much time on your hands?  For a more modern -- or at least more modern than Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Breakfast Club (1985), look at high school life, here is a film for you.  But it probably is not a movie for the family.  Superbad (2007) tells the story of two co-dependent high school seniors who are forced to deal with separation anxiety as they navigate through a variety of memorable events, characters, and wild parties. Writers: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Seth Rogen. |

If you watch Superbad, look for the scenes with McLovin.

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KJ

April 5, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 4, 2020

At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus: Glory (1989)

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Have some exctra time for classic movies?  Here is one with a bit of Civil War history (to think of another time in which the nation was, so to say, "divided").

Glory is a 1989 film starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, and Morgan Freeman. The screenplay was based on the personal letters of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. The film is about the first African American unit of the Union Army.  The story is told from the point of view of Colonel Shaw, its white commanding officer.  Shaw leads the first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

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Colonel Robert Gould Shaw

Unlike some of the other films in the "At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" series, this is not a goofball comedy.  But it is uplifting and inspirational.  Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman are memorable as soldiers in Shaw's company.

KJ

April 4, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, April 3, 2020

At the Movies in the Time of Coronavirus: Coming to America (1988)

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Looking for light films to watch during the coronavirus stay at home order?  The next in our series is Coming to America (1988).  Directed by John Landis, the film stars Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall James Earl Jones. and John Amos.

Coming to America is a 1988 American romantic comedy film. Eddie Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who travels to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry.  As described by IMDb, "An extremely pampered African Prince travels to Queens, New York, and goes undercover to find a wife that he can respect for her intelligence and will." 

KJ

April 3, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Protecting Against Coronavirus in a Migrant Camp

Check out this BBC video (3:38) about how migrants are trying to stave off coronavirus while packed into the Moria camp in Lesbos, Greece where 18,000 live in a facility meant for 3,000.

-KitJ

April 2, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)  is the next film in the "At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" series. 

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.  The high school on which the film is based on a high school in Southern California

The film stars Sean Penn as a student and surfer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold.  Ray Walston plays a by-the-book high school teacher, Mr. Hand.

The chronicles a school year in the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and their older friends Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone (Robert Romanus), both of whom believe themselves wiser in the ways of romance than their younger counterparts. The ensemble cast of characters form two subplots with Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), a perpetually stoned surfer, facing off against uptight history teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), and Stacy's older brother, Brad (Judge Reinhold), a senior who works at a series of entry-level jobs in order to pay off his car and ponders ending his two-year relationship with his girlfriend, Lisa (Amanda Wyss).

KJ

April 2, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

At The Movies in the Age of Coronavirus: The Naked Gun (1988)

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The latest film in the series "At The Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" is The Naked Gun (1988).  In a goofball comedy, incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.  The movie is sure to bring you a laugh or two.

Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, and O.J. Simpson star in the film.

KJ

April 1, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is the next classic film in the ImmigrationProf movie series.  And it is perfect for immigration folks.  The storyline from IMDb: "A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world." 

Director: Steven Spielberg Writer: Melissa Mathison Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote

KJ

March 31, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 30, 2020

At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus: Casablanca (1942)

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ImmigrationProf continues its film series "At the Movies in the Time of Coronavirus." We have a true fil classic -- and among the greatest American movies -- for you from 1942 -- its got star power, drama, and tells a refugee tale. In fact, an article by the BBC proclaims that Casablanca is "the ultimate film about refugees."

The film has aged well and tells a compelling story about love, refugees, and self sacrifice.  Previously featured on this blog (and here),  Casablanca (1942), as this plot summary from IMDb descreibes, tells

"The story of Rick Blaine [Humphrey Bogart], a cynical world-weary ex-patriate who runs a nightclub in Casablanca, Morocco during the early stages of WWII. Despite the pressure he constantly receives from the local authorities, Rick's cafe has become a kind of haven for refugees seeking to obtain illicit letters that will help them escape to America. But when Ilsa [Ingrid Bergman], a former lover of Rick's, and her husband, show up to his cafe one day, Rick faces a tough challenge which will bring up unforeseen complications, heartbreak and ultimately an excruciating decision to make."

The cast includes:

Humphrey Bogart ... Rick Blaine

Ingrid Bergman ... Ilsa Lund

Paul Henreid ... Victor Laszlo

Claude Rains ... Captain Louis Renault

Conrad Veidt ... Major Heinrich Strasser

Sydney Greenstreet ... Signor Ferrari

Peter Lorre ... Ugarte

KJ

March 30, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

At the Movies in the Time of Cornavirus: Airplane! (1980)

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Need a break from COVID-19 24/7?  Airplane! (1980) is the next in the ImmigrationProf "At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" series.

Airplane! is a parody film. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (yes, the basketball legend), and Lorna Patterson. The film, known for surreal humor and slapstick comedy, parodies the disaster film genre.

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March 29, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 27, 2020

IMMIGRATION POLICY IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia kicked off a series of  "Immigration Short-Takes:  Mobility in the Time of COVID-19."  Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, organized the series and serves as host.  Professor Wadhia discusses some of the Trump immigration policies.

KJ

March 27, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 26, 2020

At the Movies in the Time of Coronavirus: Back to the Future (1985)

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Have some extra time on your hands for catching up on classic movies?  ImmigrationProf continues its series of upbeat movies to watch in the time of stay at home orders and the age of COVID-19.

Back to the Future (1985) is a classic worth watching.  The movie is summarized on IMDb as follows:

"Marty McFly [Michael J. Fox], a typical American teenager of the Eighties, is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by a slightly mad scientist [Christopher Lloyd]. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future."

The cast:

Michael J. Fox ... Marty McFly

Christopher Lloyd ... Dr. Emmett Brown

Lea Thompson ... Lorraine Baines

Crispin Glover ... George McFly

Thomas F. Wilson ... Biff Tannen

Claudia Wells ... Jennifer Parker

Marc McClure ... Dave McFly

Wendie Jo Sperber ... Linda McFly

I have pleasant memories of this movie, as it is the first one that I saw with who would later become my wife.

KJ

March 26, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

At the Movies in the Time of Coronavirus: The Breakfast Club (1985)

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COVID-19 has given us the gift of time to catch up on classic movies.  This week, I have been posting on some upbeat options.  (With the focus on the upbeat,  I am not recommending at this time one of my all time favorite movies, Taxi Driver with Robert DeNiro.).   Breakfast Club is a fun film from 1985 that reminds us all of those wonderful high school "glory" days. 

The plot is summarized on IMDB.com:

"Beyond being in the same class at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois, Claire Standish, Andrew Clark, John Bender, Brian Johnson and Allison Reynolds have little in common, and with the exception of Claire and Andrew, do not associate with each other in school. In the simplest and in their own terms, Claire is a princess, Andrew an athlete, John a criminal, Brian a brain, and Allison a basket case. But one other thing they do have in common is a nine hour detention in the school library together on Saturday, March 24, 1984, under the direction of Mr. Vernon, supervising from his office across the hall. Each is required to write a minimum one thousand word essay during that time about who they think they are. At the beginning of those nine hours, each, if they were indeed planning on writing that essay, would probably write something close to what the world sees of them, and what they have been brainwashed into believing of themselves. But based on their adventures during that nine hours, they may come to a different opinion of themselves and the other four."

The ensemble cast is memorable:

Emilio Estevez ... Andrew Clark

Paul Gleason ... Richard Vernon

Anthony Michael Hall ... Brian Johnson

John Kapelos ... Carl

Judd Nelson ... John Bender

Molly Ringwald ... Claire Standish

Ally Sheedy ... Allison Reynolds

KJ

March 25, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 23, 2020

At the Movies in the Time of the Coronavirus: Animal House (1978)

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The days of coronavirus have given us some time to catch up on movies, podcasts, series, etc.  Animal House is a classic that I re-watched yesterday.  It is light with many great lines, with John Belushi at his prime (and best).

The storyline from IMDB:

"Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. It has a second one full of white, anglo-saxon, rich young men who are so sanctimonious no one can stand them except Dean Wormer. The dean enlists the help of the second frat to get the boys of Delta House off campus. The dean's plan comes into play just before the homecoming parade to end all parades for all time."

The film has an amazing cast:

 KJ

March 23, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Need Some Binge-Watching Material? Season 2 of The Trade

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Are you subject to a stay at home order?  One possibility for a (sober) diversion of binge-watching.  Showtime has all of the Season 2 season of the Trade on line; the season can be watched on a free trial.  All of the episodes are "on demand" on AT&T cable.  A few weeks ago, I blogged about the second season of the Trade

As described by Showtime

"This documentary series from Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®-winning director Matthew Heineman offers a visceral look at illicit industries, and tells the stories of those most affected by them. Season 1 goes inside the opioid epidemic, from cartel-controlled Mexico to heartland America where addicts and law enforcement combat the cycles of drug abuse. Season 2 centers on human trafficking and smuggling, following Central Americans on a perilous odyssey to the US, the shadow industries that prey on them, and law enforcement agents who try to stop them." (bold added).

KJ

March 22, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

President Trump halts most traffic on U.S. border with Mexico

 

The U.S. and Mexico have agreed to restrict all nonessential travel across their shared border in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, President Trump said yesterday, adding that he was invoking the Defense Production Act to increase output of badly needed medical supplies. Click here for the Los Angeles Times story.

UPDATE (March 22): Here more information on the varios restrictions on border crossings:

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Mexico

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada

Order Suspending Introduction Of Persons From A Country Where A Communicable Disease Exists

Suspension of Introduction of Persons into United States from Designated Foreign Countries or Places for Public Health Purposes

 

On March 20, the Department of Homeland Security posted the following:

Joint Statement on US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

Release Date: 
March 20, 2020
 
 

The strong partnership and close cooperation between the United States and Mexico has allowed us to maintain a productive border environment. We value the health and safety of our citizens and keep that at the forefront of joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations. 

Recognizing the robust trade relationship between the United States and Mexico, we agree our two countries, in response to the ongoing global and regional health situation, require particular measures both to protect bilateral trade and our countries’ economies and ensure the health of our nations’ citizens. We agree to the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border.  

The U.S. and Mexican governments further recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day. Essential travel must therefore continue unimpeded during this time.  In order to ensure that essential travel can continue, the United States and Mexico are also temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders.

“Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Additionally, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others.

This collaborative and reciprocal initiative is an extension of our nations’ prudent approach that values the health and safety of our citizens in the joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations.

This joint initiative will commence at 00:01 Saturday March 21 throughout the US-Mexico land border for a period of 30 days subject to extension upon review.

KJ

March 21, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 9, 2020

Showtime Documentary: The Trade

 

A new Showtime documentary series, “The Trade,” explores the immigration crisis on the U.S. southern border, and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talked with producer Monica Villamizar for Weekend Edition. “‘The Trade’ follows the lives of migrants and smugglers, victims and survivors, border officials and the undocumented living in the United States. The filmmakers gained incredible access in Honduras and Mexico and with U.S. law enforcement to tell this story of human trafficking.”

This documentary series from Oscar®-nominated, Emmy®-winning director Matthew Heineman offers a visceral look at illicit industries, and tells the stories of those most affected by them. Season 1 goes inside the opioid epidemic, from cartel-controlled Mexico to heartland America where addicts and law enforcement combat the cycles of drug abuse. Season 2 centers on human trafficking and smuggling, following Central Americans on a perilous odyssey to the US, the shadow industries that prey on them, and law enforcement agents who try to stop them.

 

KJ

March 9, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, February 22, 2020

An ICE Detention Center in McFarland USA? Time Will Tell

 

 

 

In 2015, the film McFarland, USA with Kevin Costner brought the spotlight small California farm town, McFarndand.  The film told the heartwarming story of a coach who molded a group of farmworker youth into a cross country chapmpionship team.  

McFarland is again in news that even made the New York Times.   Facing outcry from the local farmworker community, McFarland city planners earlier this week failed to approve a private prison company's bid to convert two prison facilities in the city into federal immigration detention centers. The next morning, McFarland Mayor Manuel Cantu Jr. announced his resignation, explaining that his vision for the city's growth was at odds with the community's desire to rebuff the GEO Group.

After four hours of public comment in both English and Spanish, the Planning Commission voted 2-2 on the GEO Group’s proposal to turn its two 700-bed facilities — Central Valley and Golden State modified community correctional facilities — into annexes for its 400-bed immigration detention facility in Bakersfield, the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center. With a deadlocked vote, the motion failed.

The commission's vote stands unless the issue is appealed to the City Council within 15 days.

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Protestors gather at McFarland Veterans Community Center and Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. They oppose a plan that would convert two state prison facilities into for-profit immigration detention centers. The planning commission met later that day to hear comment before voting on the matter. (Photo: Ron Holman)

KJ

February 22, 2020 in Current Affairs, Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Asylee Sues Border Patrol for Unlawful Detention

 

Mohanad Elshieky, a professional comedian and refugee from Libya, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington today against the United States after Border Patrol officers in Spokane, WA, pulled him off of a bus during a layover at the Greyhound Bus Station in the Spokane Intermodal Center. The complaint alleges that Mr. Elshieky, who had previously been granted asylum in the United States in 2018, was detained by Border Patrol officers even after producing valid identification documents demonstrating that he was lawfully present in the United States. Disregarding those documents, Border Patrol officers racially profiled Mr. Elshieky, pulling him off the bus and calling him a lying “illegal.” Mr. Elshieky is represented in the complaint by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA), and the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

Mr. Elshieky filed the complaint in federal court after U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied his claim for compensation for his unlawful detention. The case follows another federal court case pending in the Eastern District of Washington, Sosa Segura v. United States, No. 19-cv-00219 (E.D. Wash.), which similarly involves allegations of Border Patrol misconduct at the Spokane Intermodal Station. Both cases illustrate the Border Patrol’s enforcement activities at the Intermodal Center targeting immigrants and persons of color despite the fact that buses at the station are not coming from or going to the international border. The Border Patrol’s activities have continued despite a Spokane City Ordinance barring their warrantless presence in the bus boarding area of the Intermodal Center, which is owned by the City of Spokane.

This lawsuit asserts that Border Patrol officers unlawfully detained and arrested Mr. Elshieky, as they had no legal basis to force him off the bus for interrogation. Mr. Elshieky seeks damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).

The complaint can be viewed here.

KJ

February 18, 2020 in Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

TV Show: What's Eating America

Chefs José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern  take on immigration policies in the premiere of "What's Eating America," a new documentary series exploring the intersection of food and politics. The show's first episode airs on MSNBC tonight (Sunday).

The first episode shows how rollbacks on certain legal immigration programs such as H2-B and H2-A guest worker visas, among others, have impacted the lives of immigrant and migrant farmworkers, and, by extension, parts of the nation's food system.

"If you take those workers out of our food system, it literally stops. Immigrants, migrants, documented and undocumented people touch every plate of food in America, at every single stage... We don't have a system that can support feeding this country without those workers."

Zimmern, the new show's host, told NBC News in their covereage of the new show. Click here for a preview.

MHC

 

February 16, 2020 in Film & Television | Permalink | Comments (0)