MI AMERICA

As the immigration debate takes center stage in  a presidential campaign marked by increasingly divisive and racially charged rhetoric, a new film MI AMERICA offers an on-the-ground look at some of the reality of this conflict.

The film is inspired by true stories from around the country and delivers a harrowing narrative on the conflict between disenfranchised Americans and immigrant workers. MI AMERICA opens in theaters on October 16th and is directed by Robert Fontaine who also stars in the film.  The cast also includes Michael Brainard, Brad Lee Wind, Grant Boyd, Michael Derek, Stephen Booth and Annemarie Lawless.

The story explores the circumstances surrounding a brutal hate crime targeting five Hispanic migrant laborers.    Rolando Ramirez (Robert Fontaine) has been assigned to this case by chance.   This journey will force him to question his own identity, and beliefs, on what it means to be an American, and in turn, attempt to bring those who committed this crime to justice.

A hate-crime has been committed, that has upset the delicate balance of a small, ethnically diverse waterfront city Braxton in upstate New York.   The film explores the circumstances around the kidnapping and disappearance of Five Hispanic migrant labors.

Rolando Ramirez (a Hispanic-American Detective, and a longtime resident of the community), has been assigned to this case by chance.   Or was it fate?   His journey will force him to question his own identity, and beliefs, on what it means to be a North American, and in turn, attempt to bring those who committed this crime to justice…some of whom were close friends from childhood.

Violence against Latinos and the story told in MI AMERICA is not unfamiliar to cities and towns across the U.S. where the conflict of disenfranchised Americans and immigrant workers have resulted in tragedy.  The immigration dilemma and debate continues to rage on as we enter the politically charged battlefield of the 2016 election and Latinos continue to be targets.

This gripping murder mystery offers a potent opportunity to take a closer look at this dire issue in the media.

[via release]

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