October 20, 2015
Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini
Why has it been so hard for Washington to fix our country's broken immigration system?
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About the Documentary
Why has it been so hard for Washington to fix our country’s broken immigration system? In Immigration Battle, a special two-hour feature film presentation from FRONTLINE and Independent Lens, acclaimed independent filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini take viewers behind closed doors in Washington’s corridors of power to explore the political realities surrounding one of the country’s most pressing and divisive issues.
Shari Robertson grew up in Texas and New Mexico where she trained in anthropology and ethnographic film. She began her career in the Southern Highlands rain forest of Papua New Guinea with the Bosavi people, observing the effects of rapid culture change on a small-scale tribal society. Her work has often examined difficult situations in inaccessible places: young Khmer Rouge guerrillas crossing Cambodian minefields, Indian archaeologists fighting to restore the ancient temple of Angkor Wat, and the crossroads of domestic politics and the American drug war in Peru. Robertson and Michael Camerini had each been making films about cultures and political situations outside the US for years before they met. Since the early '90s they've been married and working together for their production company, The Epidavros Project, in New York City. They’ve filmed oilmen in Eastern Java, parliamentarians throughout Africa, coca growers in Peru's Upper Huallaga Valley, and tribal elders in Kankan, Northeast Guinea. In 2000, they completed their first US collaboration, an inside look at the American political asylum system which became their feature documentary, Well-Founded Fear.
Michael Camerini shoots, directs, and produces films and documentary series that travel across geographical and subject areas as diverse as women's rights and social change in India, artists both famous and not, and the struggle to balance religious and cultural identity with mainstream values in the United States. An interest in what it means to be a foreigner is the unifying theme in his work.