Johns Hopkins University: SAIS
Rome Building Auditorium
Swing State: Immigration's Impact on the 2020 U.S. Election
Andrew Selee, President, Migration Policy Institute
Francisco E. González, Associate Professor of International Political Economy and Latin American Politics, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Samuel George, Filmmaker, Bertelsmann Foundation
Please join the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for Swing State: Immigration's Impact on the 2020 U.S. Election, featuring a screening of the short documentary The Fields of Immokalee.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the film beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. Free seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The film screening will be followed by a discussion with MPI President Andrew Selee, SAIS Professor Francisco Gonzalez, and Bertelsmann Foundation Filmmaker Samuel George, along with a reception.
About the film
When Americans go to the polls in 2020, many will be voting on national issues such as climate change, economic marginalization, and immigration. What do these subjects of political rhetoric look like on the local level?
The film follows the daily lives of tomato workers, from the 5 a.m. trips to the parking lot in hopes of finding day labor, to work sessions in the scorching mid-day heat, to child detention centers for migrant youth who have been separated from their families. Via these vignettes, the film offers insight into one of the most volatile political issues of our time.
The documentary film, directed by Samuel George, mixes intimate portraits with expert commentary to give a vision of Florida in the run-up to the 2020 election. The challenges documented in the film present struggles replicated in swing states across the country.