Director Chris Weitz didn’t just make one of the best movies of 2011 with his tender exploration of the lives of undocumented immigrants, A Better Life. The process of making the film turned him into a dedicated advocate for immigration reform, reconnecting with his Mexican heritage and studying Spanish and economics so he can be a more effective advocate. And now Weitz has taken his experience in fiction and turned it to fact, directing a series of immigration reform ads pegged to Alabama’s insanely restrictive immigration law, for a coalition of groups that includes the Center for American Progress. I think this one is my favorite:
The whole campaign is doing a very good job of showing the harm that restrictive immigration laws cause to non-immigrants, whether they’re older white men who are close friends with undocumented families or black Alabamans who see hatred of immigrants as part of the unfulfilled promise of the Civil Rights movement. So-called special interests have such wider reach than we often acknowledge.