Amnesty International and Mexican actor Gael García Bernal have launched a series of films depicting the plight of irregular migrants in Mexico. The four films are being called The Invisibles (Los Invisibles).
The premiere of The Invisibles, which record the journey of hundreds of migrants from the border between Guatemala and Mexico on their way to the United States, coincides with the start of this year’s Global Forum on Migration and Development, taking place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The Invisibles seeks to expose the truth behind one of the most dangerous journeys in the world and reveals the untold stories of people who make this arduous journey, Amnesty said in a statement announcing the series.
According to Amnesty, every year thousands of migrants are abducted, raped and sometimes murdered while passing through Mexico. Their dreams of reaching the US often turn into nightmares while in Mexico. The Invisibles seeks to document this unique testimony of migrants, aid workers and medical professionals who speak about the danger and hopes of thousands of men and women in search of a better life.
“The Mexican authorities must protect migrants in our country. The law must protect us all, whether nationals or foreigners. It’s essential Mexico sets a good example in the way it treats migrants,” said Gael García Bernal in the statement.
“We made The Invisibles to shine a light on the abuses migrants suffer in Mexico. As the world’s experts on migration gather in Puerto Vallarta for the Global Forum on Migration and Development this week, hundreds of miles away migrants in Mexico are facing terrible dangers,” said Sarah Shebbeare, Amnesty International Mexico campaigner and executive producer of the films.
There are four short films in the series:
Seaworld: People are filled with hope of reaching the USA; a young girl travelling with her family dreams of visiting Seaworld. Filmed at a migrant shelter in southern Mexico, this film reveals the dangers that await them.
Six Out of Ten: Gael García Bernal talks to three women from Honduras who are travelling in search of a better life for their families. They are taking a huge risk. Six out of ten women who attempt the journey are sexually abused.
What Remains: Relatives in Central America may never know what happened to their loved ones. In El Salvador a mother tells us of her desperation at not knowing where her son is tens years after he left for the USA saying he’d call home in 12 days.
‘GOAL!’: Despite the danger and the risks, the migrants will keep coming. They sleep rough, beg for food and grab lifts by clinging to the outsides of moving freight trains. Many are seriously injured, but there will always be those prepared to brave the journey.
The films can be seen here.