Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Editorial: Empathy encouraged in film

This campaign season, the United States presidential candidates have been covering societal issues in statements, debates and interviews. One topic that has been heavily present in the media is immigration policies.

Some candidates have said terrible things regarding their stance of the policy, and others have countered their arguments.

“A nation without borders is not a nation: There must be a wall across the southern border,” according to Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s official website.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We feel it is difficult to understand what legitimate reasons people have to support this stance.

In fuse editor David Luces’ article, “Film broaches topic through human lens,” he summarizes a film that was shown on campus called, “Smuggled.”

“(It) depicts the story of a 9-year-old boy and his mother on their journey across the US-Mexico border inside a hidden compartment underneath a bus,” Luces said.

He explained that the director of the film, Ramon Hamilton, wanted people to understand why immigrants cross. Hamilton’s focus was the individuals, not the issue as a whole.

“What (the film) is going to do is allow people to spend time with two people. They are going to spend 80 minutes with them, get to know them and understand their relationship,” Hamilton said in the article.

Hamilton wants people to see the other side — to feel empathy and compassion to these characters that could translate to the humans who feel they need to endure this journey to what they believe is the brighter side.

But if candidates continue America’s legacy of being a melting pot, this side will definitely not be brighter.

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