Teatro Indocumentado


Friday, September 25, 2009

After the largest immigration raid in history at a meat-packing plant in Iowa last year, several undocumented workers await deportation. While in limbo these men are reenacting their stories on stage. Produced by Andrew Stelzer.

Watch a scene from "La Historia de Nuestras Vidas" below.

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Andrew Stelzer

Comments [6]

Armando Munguia from Spokane, WA

I appreciate the creativity of the men and the vulnerability they accepted to share to an audience. They made art that touches emotions and brings light to a topic misunderstood, misrepresented, and just missed. I also appreciate how they are making the most of their uncertain situation, which by the way is not only an American trait but a human desire to care and provide for their loved ones.

Sep. 26 2009 11:14 PM
Ryan from New York

What continues to confuse me is the constant need to assign blame to a party. Truth of the matter is that none of us is blameless in this world, we have all done something that has impinged upon the rights of others, succeeded through the exploitation of another or broken some form of law (whether its a statute created through our infallible legislative process or a law passed down from some higher power). If we are ever to find a solution to this issue, we need to move beyond blame and address reality- today there are 12 million undocumented workers in this country. Workers who have come to this country to better their lives. It is simplistic to believe that the traditional notions of the criminal process will resolve this.

Sep. 26 2009 10:44 AM
Duane Bryan from Los Angeles, CA

Immigrated or illegally entered the Unites States? The story makes no distinction that these were individuals who knowingly broke standing immigration laws and are now receiving their due process. It's unfortunate that they and their families are in this predicament [sic], but they have no one to blame but themselves. The public can also blame the kosher meat packing/processing plant. If the company did not hire los indocumentados, there would not be the proliferation of continued illegal immigration today.

Sep. 25 2009 04:16 PM
Maralyn Fisher from NYC

Very interesting and moving story.

Sep. 25 2009 03:50 PM
Alayne from Tampa

Thanks Andrew for your dedication to bringing these kinds of stories to people. Those of us who work with immigrants hear and feel their stories but are not always the best storytellers! Si se puede! Adelante, hombre!

Sep. 25 2009 03:19 PM
Bryce from Elkader, IA

Thanks for bringing attention to the story of those affected by the Postville raids. Almost all the media coverage here is about the trial against Agriprocessors (the meatpacking plant). There is very little coverage of the workers who are left behind, particularly women with children who have no income but are forced to remain in Postville, wearing ankle bracelets while they await trial.

Sep. 25 2009 12:28 PM

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