Selena Gomez talks immigration and his new documentary Netflix

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Selena Gomez is a woman with a lot of power. With 172 million followers on Instagram, is the fifth most followed in the world in the social networking platform. Gomez has had three number one albums in the Billboard 200the most recent is “Rare”, launched in January 2020, and has sold over seven million albums around the world. As a television producer, was the driving force behind the youth series “13 Reasons Why”, one of the biggest hits on Netflix in 2017. Meanwhile, his appearance in zombie movie of Jim Jarmusch, 2019, “The Dead Don’t Die”, he saw Gomez share the screen with Adam Driver , Bill Murray, and Chloë Sevigny.

The singer has decided to use its power to uplift and unite people. At the age of 17, Gomez became a UNICEF ambassador, the youngest in history, and participated in the campaign of vote count UR 2008, encouraging teens in the united States to vote. Has expressed passionately their frustration on social networks and the negative impact that these have had in their generation, as well as the impact that it has had lupus in their own mental health. In 2019, the list of Award winners McLean for Defence Mental Health, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin and actress Jane Fonda. Recently, the interpreter of “Lose You To Love Me” he talked about his diagnosis with bipolar in the series IGTV “Bright Minded” of Miley Cyrus.

In your audiovisual project most recently served as executive producer of the documentary from Netflix, “Living Undocumented” (Living undocumented), who came to the streaming platform in October 2019. The series of six episodes follows eight immigrant families living in the united States and face deportation. The documentary is sometimes difficult to see, with entire families torn apart due to the intervention of the Service of Immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE, for its acronym in English).

With our attention now focused on the global health crisis, it seems particularly relevant that we need to keep these urgent issues in our minds. Think of the refugees and the displaced migrants around the world who are living in camps without access to water or soap, helpless against the spread of Covid-19. It is important, now more than ever, that we maintain compassion and kindness.

To support the documentary and the stories of the families there, Gomez wrote an article for the April issue of 2020 of Vogue Saudi titled “Connected: the love will heal the world”, in which he explains why she has to be a voice for those who do not have one. Your disappointment in regards to the immigration policy of the united States, as the granddaughter of immigrants, she feels deeply. When asked how it feels to live in the America of Donald Trump, Gomez insists that we must do better. “We just have to do it,” he writes. “I hope that we can still offer the american dream. I hope that we can offer people a better life. ”

Documentary “Living Undocumented” produced by Selena Gomez

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From the heritage of Selena Gomez to the importance of listening to the stories of immigrant families, here are four things we learned from your article for Vogue Arabia.

If you haven’t already done so, you have to see “Living Undocumented”

Premiered on Netflix in October 2019, the documentary follows the lives of eight families from different countries and environments, whose lives are being torn apart by the immigration policies of the united States and its president, Donald Trump. For families seeking asylum due to violence in countries such as Colombia and Mexico, accept to appear in the series was a big risk for them. “Through the documentary, I learned that people are really inspiring,” writes Gomez in his article with Vogue Arabia. “These families have many concerns in their lives, but still found the strength to move forward.”

Her own family is of immigrants. For Selena Gomez this story is very personal

Born 27 years ago in Texas, Selena is identified as a female mexican american. “[Estoy] incredibly proud to be both. My family decided to leave Mexico to pursue the american dream,” writes for Vogue Arabia. Aunt Selena came out of Mexico in the 1970s, he crossed the border of the united States while he was hidden in the back of a truck. “My grandparents followed, and my father was born in the united States. If they had not chosen to make this country their home, things would have been very different for me.”

Selena Gomez he wrote an article for Vogue Arabia on the importance of not forgetting the immigrants

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I want that these immigrants and refugees to know that there are people that fight for them

After all, the united States was created out of the immigration

The united States, reminds us of Gomez, is built from immigration, with the first settlements of british and european around 1600. The topic has been much discussed during the presidency of Trump, with forced changes to ICE and the extension of the wall that borders the united States and Mexico

Gomez said that the way in which a country and its policies address the immigration exemplifies how much compassion and empathy you have that country. “One thing that I have seen is that immigration goes beyond the political and policy debates: it is a human problem,” she says. While Gomez acknowledges that this complex issue cannot be resolved from night to morningthe stories of the people must be heard. You can learn eight of these stories in “Living Udocumented”.

That change, we can and we must win it together

While we don’t all have the platform that Gomez has, we can all play our role. Regardless of the country in which we live, we can and should protest by writing to our local government about amendments to the policies with which we disagree and are voting for the changes we want to see. “I want these immigrants and refugees to know that there are people that fight for them”, adds Gomez at the end of your report. “There are people who will listen, and there are those who are ready to fight for change”.

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