Brian Ging

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  • Brian Ging and Lisa Derrick are now friends

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  • Missed your Signoff. Thanks so much Lisa. You were a wonderful host, and this is a really great site!!

  • One last final thought I wanted to share:

    Immigration is a Human Story. We need to look at the planet as all of our responsibilities, and the needs of all people on earth (within reason) when considering our choices. Sounds very utopian, and it is, but we are all one-world, and we all deserve to find happiness for ourselves, and our children.

    For more info, the films Executive Producer Simon Burrow has an excellent website where he asks questions and talks about immigration issues:

  • I certainly don’t agree with most people 100%, and let’s say that overall I probably agreed (personally) less with Victor Hansen that more, but he had some very interesting points. I think if we didn’t write people off (even those we don’t usually agree with) and listen to what they have to say as open-mindedly as possible, we may learn a thing or two. Even from people who we don’t agree with….

  • Please read the book Fewer by demographer Ben Wattenberg.

    Its not that the actual world population is getting smaller, its that there are many countries (such as Mexico) that have a lot of outgoing migration and yet their population replacement rate (2.1 children are needed to replace a couple) is actually less than the replacement rate. Meaning their populations are shrinking. Examples are Italy, South Korea, Mexico. The city of Toyko is literally at a replacement rate of less than 1!

  • I’d love to meet someone with the guts to say they were “anti-braille”. LOL.

  • I ran out of time in the film, but I would have loved to put a whole fun bit in there about all the 1900s anti-Irish campaigns, signs, etc. and juxtapose that in the editing with anti-mexican immigration today. I think its safe to say we’ve changed our attitudes about Irish group of immigrants since then, but we haven’t changed much of our same mentalities.

  • Of course. I think that’s the most interesting thing about the issue. We have several people bringing that up, and even have some historical archive footage.

  • Sticky subject matter for sure. I personally think English should be the official language, but also think we should find a way to accomodate those trying to learn. I don’t think it helps anyone to do business and government in several languages.

  • Hey Bev. “Simple Humanity” would probably sum up my entire take on the movie and the subject in two poignant words. I think the Dream Act is at least a start, but isn’t enough to calm the fears of either side.

  • Lisa, I’m curious. Was there anything in the film that was somehow enlightening to you? (that you hadn’t known prior)

  • I didn’t actually interview tea-baggers, but respectfully I have found them to be less articulate than others on the topic.

  • Victor Hansen from Stanford (in the film) talked about that very interesting catch-22 where he talks about how (paraphrasing) we need these populations for labor, etc but then when they come they have illegal status and are forced to live underground. This is less advantageous to us as a society trying to integrate them, and to them unable to participate in our system. So they stay in this underground culture, pool together because they are not accepted by the dominant society and then it makes it very unlikely for them to want to integrate, learn English, etc. It was probably the most enlightening shift in my thinking I got from all the interviews.

  • I think that since those times we have two simultaneous forces working on us. First issue trying to pull us apart and make us into a self-driven “me” culture is our powerful consumerism that has taken over these past 20+ years. The other working to bring us together is the internet and social networks which have made the power of good ideas able to spread, and to bring people closer together, to understand and know more about each other (without assumptions) and I think it helps to dispel fears.

  • Thanks Barbara. We have had some key screenings with Amnesty International, and toured with the film to several film festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival and others. No big politicians, etc of note have contacted or connected with me about it personally, but if they did, I would say that I feel that they need to have a nuanced approach to the subject, not to listen to the loudest voices, and to look at it from a truly human perspective. Look at the fears and passions on both sides and what’s driving them.

  • I’ll tell you Lisa, one of the hardest moments as a director was standing in a one-room house in Haiti with Sandro trying to justify myself as I was asking him what it literally feels like to go to bed hungry, what it was like to grow up in the streets, and what its like for him to see other kids going through the struggles he’s had. It certainly changed my life, and I greatly appreciated his honesty, and openness so that hopefully when people watch the film they can truly connect to another human what wants a better life, not just an “illegal person”.

  • Hi Aitch. I did get some great talking points on tape about that, but was not a key focus of Beyond Borders. Maybe in the sequel (lol). I think Noam Chomsky said it best in my film about this when he said (paraphrasing) that the US is made up of immigrants, yet we have this “it was okay for us, but not for them” mentality. It truly speaks from our need as a society to work on thinking of this as a one-world culture, instead of everyman for themselves.

  • I agree. I think that its interesting: the whole immigration issue is summed up simple as an issue of people reacting emotionally and not really taking the time to “walk around in the other man’s shoes” as Atticus Finch says in To Kill A Mockingbird. There is a lot of uneducated people on both sides and a lot of hysterical overreactions driving this divisive issue. That should not outshine the good solid hard work of people working day-by-day to help resolve this issue, but unfortunately it often does.

  • Either through hearing stories (the Anatheresa story of her nephew being kidnapped in El Salvador was very personal, my wife was friends with her and was there when she was going through the whole ransom, etc.) Others like Sandro (the boy in Haiti) were set up as one of many interviews we did in Haiti, but I just instantly connected to him and his story. What an amazing kid! As a followup he came to the US since the film came out and is going to school!! Happy ending for a beautiful person.

  • I think you mentioned some key themes there. I am not an expert in demography, but it was certainly interesting to have that info that in fact those areas that have a lot of exodus (like Mexico) are actually shrinking in population, when so many people have the stereotype of big families down there.

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