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The Film


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The Film


Trailer

 
 

The Story

LA OPOSICIÓN (short film) explores immigration policy under the new Trump administration.  When officers for the Department of Homeland Security are ordered to aggressively monitor immigration targets in the USA, they start to question their own culpability in the new system.

 
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Screenings


Screenings


Screenings

San Francisco Black Film Festival, June 2018, San Francisco, CA  www.sfbff.org

Bucharest Short Film Festival, December 2017, Bucharest Romania www.bucharestshort.ro

Souq Film Festival, November 2017, Milan Italy  *Special Jury Award

Big Apple Film Festival, November 2017, New York City  www.bigapplefilmfestival.com

Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival, November 2017, Los Angeles CA    www.ptaff.org

Awareness Film Festival   October 2017   Los Angeles, CA   www.awarenessfestival.org

Global Impact Film Festival   August 2017  Washington D.C. 

March on Washington Film Festival   July 2017   *Award Grand Jury Prize Best Short Narrative  www.marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org

 

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FILMMAKERS


FILMMAKERS


Filmmakers

  Zoey Martinson  /   Writer, Director

Zoey Martinson  /  Writer, Director

  Brian   Hastert  /   Executive Producer

Brian Hastert  /  Executive Producer

   
  
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   Katherine  Castro  /   Cinematographer

Katherine Castro  /  Cinematographer

  Dara Taylor  /   Composer

Dara Taylor  /  Composer

 
   
  
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   Steven  Medina  /   Production Designer

Steven Medina  /  Production Designer

 
  Joseph Gutowski  /   Editor

Joseph Gutowski  /  Editor

 
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The cast 1


The cast 1


The Cast

  Sebastián Iturria  /   Sebastian

Sebastián Iturria  /  Sebastian

   
  
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   Nicholas Delgado   /  Chris

Nicholas Delgado  /  Chris

   
  
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   Stephanie Uttro  /   Ari

Stephanie Uttro  /  Ari

   
  
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   Maeve Mayfield  /   Tess

Maeve Mayfield  /  Tess

   
  
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   Jerry Yang  /   Jimmy

Jerry Yang  /  Jimmy

 
   
  
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   Samantha Widmer  /   Sam

Samantha Widmer  /  Sam

 
  Court Wing  /   Mr. Miller

Court Wing  /  Mr. Miller

 
 
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About


About


Director's Statement

Zoey Martinson

Two years ago I found myself traveling throughout the United States conducting interviews for a play I was writing on immigration. From the Humanitarian Aid camp on the US/ Mexico boarder, to court proceedings, and detention centers. I acquired stories from judges, lawyers, advocates, undocumented, and migrants crossing in the desert.

So when executive producer Brian Hastert asked me to write and direct a short film for his senior Pace University students after the election, I was excited to meet these young actors whose concerns and impressive talent inspired the short film 'La Oposición'. They expressed their fear about the future of this country, their student visa’s, their friends and family.

Growing up in a predominantly immigrant community in the USA this film is my response to the recent election and how this country is redefining an identity around a hostile narrative towards immigration. This film is a brown woman’s response to her country of birth. My love for my country and my continual battle within it’s system to be seen as equal. This country’s relationship to oppression. We go from outwardly oppressing people of color to outwardly targeting immigrants. When do we step back and address this country’s continual need to oppress?  Our refusal to look at the system we have in place that benefit’s off of that oppression, that uses it for economic growth, as fuel. What kind of country would we be without passive participation in the system that uses incarceration and fear to incentivize the American Dream?

La Oposición delves into the whispers of humanity at the core of the criminalization of the word immigration. I believe an audience can hopefully find a piece of empathy as we follow an officer at the Department of Homeland Security as he starts to question how he fits into the system that he is directly benefiting from. I continually question my own passive participation in that system as I continue to carve out a path for myself.