Movie trailers sometimes manage to show all the good scenes in what ends up being a disappointing film. The long and quirky trailer above for Immigrants does the opposite. Created by UNO Film and Theater professor Laszlo Fulop and Tulane historian Marline Otte, Immigrants is full of insightful interviews with immigrants from all over the world. They're not representative of the bigger picture of immigration in the United States. The filmmakers interviewed many academics and creative class sorts, and most live in New Orleans. And while this group is a tiny subset, it also is far from the distorted image of immigration one might have picked up from debate druing the 2012 presidential election, which focused on undocumented immigrants crossing the border from Mexico. This film is a big breath of fresh air as far as listening to people compare cultures and share anecdotes about what it means to be an immigrant. For some reason, all of the interviews were filmed with a mirror giving a side view of the subject talking. And the music and dance interludes are interspersed throughout the film, but not as prominently as in the trailer.
There's more on the film here. It screens at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center. The filmmakers will participate in a question and answer session afterward. And the film is related to video segments posted in the CAC's video gallery, as well as to the series of exhibits focused on immigration issues at the CAC.