El Norte, a classic immmigrant film you may not have seen, portrays the physical and emotional hazards of the journey many border crossers and asylees make to reach safety in the US. Although the protagonists are not refugees, they face many of the same difficulties adjusting to life and work in their new country. They arrived with very skewed pre-conceptions gained from the US media about what their lives would be like. The expectations clients bring from media or word of mouth in their communities often contribute to the employment barriers we address with clients. It’s one of my all time favorite movies and has alot to teach about our client’s realities.
(Every Friday we highlight one entertainment option related to our clients or some aspect of our work to help you celebrate the weekend and possibly recommend to employers and other community supporters in the following week.)