In this course, we explore how immigration issues are depicted on film as a way to advance political agendas. We will consider films as textual ways to read political debates surrounding the processing and treatment of immigrants in contemporary America. We’ll begin by examining post-9/11 documentary films and the US government’s own cinema products. From there, we’ll transition to dramas to examine imaginative representations of real-life concerns. Across the semester, we consider who owns narratives and how particular themes (i.e. detention, border crossings, and racial profiling) are imagined on film, working to become visual scholars who can dissect political and social justice conversations.