Immigrant Voices of America is an award-winning eight-episode documentary-series celebrating the immigrant experience in the United States of America. Each episode highlights a different immigrant group and the challenges they face with their immigration status. Each story showcases the hardships, triumphs, and aspirations of these brave men and women as they strive to achieve a better life in the US.
Episode 1: Esther Alvarado
Immigration Detention & Cancer Survivor
After being detained for two months in Arizona, Esther, an undocumented mother, must now face the uncertainty of being diagnosed with breast cancer and the repercussions that will have on her family.
Episode 2: Sara Sandoval
Dreamer & YouTuber
Sara has over 100K followers on YouTube, but none of them know she's a Dreamer. After the possibility of DACA being terminated by the Trump Administration, Sara makes the tough choice to come out to her followers and shed light on her status.
Episode 3: Liza Nelson
For the first time, Liza shares her extraordinary survival story as a young Jewish teenager living in Nazi-Occupied France during WWII and how that led her to emigrate to the United States.
Episode 4: Cristel Martinez
Immigration Law & DACA
Cristel is on the verge of becoming an immigration attorney as she hopes to represent unaccompanied minors in immigration court. These minors remind her of her youth as she too ventured from Honduras to the US as a nine-year-old.
Episode 5: The Alliance
TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
Thousands of families with TPS are in danger of being separated by Trump’s crackdown on immigrants. While their allies take to the streets and protest, several TPS families sue the Trump Administration in hopes this will halt their family separations.
Episode 6: Anita Jamili
Anita is an American nurse who found love in Iran. She wants to get married, but her life has been put on hold due to the Travel Ban the Trump Administration has put in place. It has been over a year since she has accompanied her fiancé from Iran for his visa interview.
Episode 7: Shirleen
Shirleen shares her experiences as a black migrant studying to be a medical practitioner, but the fact that she is undocumented possesses a huge barrier advancing her career. She fights alongside her peers for more opportunities for immigrants like herself.
Episode 8: Patrick Dela Cruz
Queer & DACA
Living life as an undocumented immigrant is hard enough, but identifying as queer as well adds an extra layer of visibility that doesn’t always warrant a welcoming gaze. As an UndocuQueer Filipinx, Patrick shares his experiences living with multiple identities and how that has impacted his life.
Immigrant Voices wins Best Episodic Documentary at Bentonville Film Festival
Behind the Series
Miguel Angel Duran
Creator of Immigrant Voices of America
Miguel Angel Duran is a film director, writer, and editor. For over fifteen years, he has created dozens of projects ranging from short commercials to feature-length documentaries. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies like Apple, NBC, The Walt Disney Company, and Johnny Rockets. Since the age of fifteen, his work has been shown both domestically and internationally.
Miguel created Immigrant Voices of America because he wanted to put a human face to all the negative headlines we read in the news about immigration. We sometimes forget that there are actual families behind all these immigration policies. Allowing immigrants to share their stories is one step closer to empathy and reminding us that migration is a human right and a global experience.
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